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Taxation: Defaulters


To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations of alleged tax defaulters begun by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years have resulted in proceedings being issued and a conviction.

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations of alleged tax defaulters begun by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years have resulted in (a) proceedings being issued and (b) a conviction. [159817]

The Solicitor-General: I have been asked to reply.

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) was created as an independent Government Department on 18 April 2005.

The following table lists the number of tax prosecutions we have brought since 1998. It should be noted that the number of cases does not necessarily have a one to one correlation with the number of HMRC investigations undertaken.

Number of cases

Number of cases resulting in convictions

Type of case

2007-08(1)

132

124

VAT and former IR crime group taxes cases

2006-07

251

227

VAT and former IR crime group taxes cases

2005-06

(2)

(2)

2004-05

(2)

(2)

2003-04

79

69

VAT only

2002-03

90

74

VAT only

2001-02

97

62

VAT only

2000-01

129

88

VAT only

1999-2000

94

73

VAT only

1998-99

96

74

VAT only

(1) 2007-08 includes figures for April to September (six months).
(2) This data could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

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