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Tax Evasion: Telephone Services

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the Tax Evasion Hotline cost to administer in each month since its inception; (153985)

(2) how many calls the Tax Evasion Hotline received in each month since its inception;

(3) what proportion of calls received by the Tax Evasion Hotline resulted in prosecutions for tax evasion in each month for which figures are available.

HM Revenue and Customs does not currently have a separate record of the cost to administer the Tax Evasion Hotline in each month since its inception. These data could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

The number of calls received by the Tax Evasion Hotline each month since its inception are detailed in the following table. HM Revenue and Customs advertising campaigns can significantly affect the volume of calls received in any month.

HM Revenue and Customs are unable to provide this information. The exemption at section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act on ‘law enforcement’ also provides an exemption from disclosure in respect of the proportion of calls received resulting in prosecution.

Calls received by the Tax Evasion Hotline

Month comm.

Calls received

1 October 2005

417

1 November 2005

4,913

1 December 2005

5,426

1 January 2006

6,440

1 February 2006

11,244

1 March 2006

29,387

1 April 2006

11,148

1 May 2006

9,216

1 June 2006

8,554

1 July 2006

7,878

1 August 2006

7,965

1 September 2006

7,923

1 October 2006

7,088

1 November 2006

6,918

1 December 2006

4,540

1 January 2007

6,634

1 February 2007

7,597

1 March 2007

9,710

1 April 2007

7,218

1 May 2007

7,207