Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the employment by HMRC of debt collection companies based in off-shore tax havens; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HMRC do not hire Debt Collection Agencies (DCAs) directly. DCAs are hired via the Debt Market Integrator (DMI) Framework, currently with Indesser. As a tax authority HMRC adopt a strengthened approach to tax compliance for their own procurements, conducting robust checks on each of the DCAs engaged through the DMI. None of the DCAs onboarded to the HMRC panel (of which there are 8) is based in offshore tax havens; all are registered and based in the UK.

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