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Tobacco: Tax Evasion

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 13780, tabled on 28 October 2015

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax revenue was lost as a result of tobacco smuggling in the UK in each of the last three years.

Answered on

5 November 2015

Estimates of revenue losses associated with the tobacco illicit market are published in ‘Tobacco Tax Gap estimates: 2014-15’. The combined figures for Cigarettes and Hand Rolling Tobacco are available in table 1.1


The methodology for producing the estimates are provided in the ‘Methodological Annex for Measuring Tax Gaps 2015’.


Both documents can be accessed via the following page on the HMRC website:


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

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