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Revenue and Customs: Informers

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reward informers; and what procedures HMRC has for informing Ministers of the use of such powers. (144041)

HM Revenue and Customs are empowered to pay rewards by virtue of section 26 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005.

HMRC has unlimited delegated authority to make these payments, subject to the condition that the department makes regular internal assessments of its expenditure on rewards, and reports to the Treasury to request authority if any novel or contentious payments are anticipated.

The Treasury are notified of amounts paid in rewards prior to any publication in the Department’s annual report or elsewhere.