Landfill Tax

Treasury written question – answered on 29th April 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of HMRC's investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system, referred to as Operation Nosedive.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HMRC's investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system, referred to as Operation Nosedive, was terminated.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many landfill tax fraud cases brought forward by HMRC have resulted in successful prosecutions in the last ten years.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many landfill tax fraud cases in the North East brought forward by HMRC have resulted in successful prosecutions in the last ten years.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) methodology and (b) evidence HMRC used to estimate the alleged landfill tax fraud at £78 million prior to its raid on Niramax's offices in September 2015.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been recovered for the public purse as a result of HMRC's investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system, referred to as Operation Nosedive.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were involved in HMRC's investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system, referred to as Operation Nosedive.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many agencies were involved in HMRC's investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system, referred to as Operation Nosedive.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Environment Agency on HMRC's investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system, referred to as Operation Nosedive.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations his Department has conducted into tax fraud in the last five years.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

HMRC’s statutory duty of taxpayer confidentiality prevents it from commenting on the specifics of any case. HMRC do not break costs down by individual investigations. They are funded by Government to investigate serious tax fraud and deploy resources to achieve value for money overall. HMRC closely collaborates with the Environment Agency, relevant local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service during the course of investigations into landfill tax fraud. To date there has been no prosecution into landfill tax fraud, but over the last five years, HMRC’s civil compliance activity has prevented more than £1billion in incorrect landfill tax repayment claims and it has stepped in to protect £125m of tax that would otherwise have gone unpaid. Since it was set up in 2016, HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service has secured and protected more than £25bn for our vital public services and has launched over 76,000 civil cases and more than 4,000 criminal investigations, securing 3,700 criminal convictions.

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