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Fuels: Tax Evasion

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 13779, tabled on 28 October 2015

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax revenue was lost as a result of illegal fuel laundering and smuggling in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

Answered on

5 November 2015

The latest tax gap figures published on 22 October 2015 show that the revenue loss from the illicit use of diesel in NI fell from 26% in 2002-03 to 8% in 2013-14.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/measuring-tax-gaps


HMRC fights fraud on a wide range of fronts, from special units performing thousands of roadside checks to raiding laundering plants. The UK has recently implemented an improved marker for rebated fuel, which will make it much harder to launder marked fuel and sell it at a profit.


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