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Fraud: Taxation

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 221869, tabled on 23 January 2015

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of cheques sent to HM Revenue and Customs that were fraudulently intercepted and (b) value of these cheques in each month since December 2013.

Answered on

26 March 2015

The table below sets out the information requested where it is alleged that cheques intended for HMRC were fraudulently intercepted with context comparing these cases with the total number of cheques and related value processed by HMRC.

Year

Month

No. of cases reported

Value of cases

Total cheques banked Dec 13 - Dec 14

2013

December

19

£37,125.42

Volume

5,765,106

2014

January

12

£17,889.40

Value

£22,127,227,566

February

9

£28,082.49

March

37

£106,859.00

Stolen cheques as a percentage

April

11

£18,496.89

Volume

0.0032%

May

14

£29,668.29

Value

0.0017%

June

15

£60,297.28

July

20

£28,223.64

August

19

£24,241.32

September

8

£11,732.22

October

7

£7,135.32

November

9

£7,799.25

December

3

£8,747.92

183

£386,298.44

HMRC encourages customers, through Internet and other guidance material not to pay by cheque and to take advantage of more secure payment methods and pay electronically.

Answered by

Treasury
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