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Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 49050, tabled on 18 October 2016

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times HM Revenue and Customs has used the direct recovery of debts power; and what estimate he has made of the average sum so recovered.

Answered on

21 October 2016

HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Direct Recovery of Debt (DRD) power came into force in November 2015.So far this year, following visits by HMRC staff to taxpayers at their homes/offices as part of the DRD process, £20m in unpaid tax has been collected from those with the means to pay without actually needing to exercise the full DRD power, as this is a last resort. As part of this process, the need to deduct directly from a debtors bank account has taken place twice, with the average sum recovered being £39,246.

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