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VAT: Game Birds

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much unpaid VAT was (a) detected and (b) reclaimed by the HM Revenue and Customs Game Shooting Industry National Pilot Project; (168915)

(2) how much unpaid income tax has been recovered through the HM Revenue and Customs Game Shooting Industry National Pilot Project;

(3) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the HM Revenue and Customs Game Shooting Industry National Pilot Project.

The shoot project is ongoing. To date VAT assessments have been issued for £6 million. This figure is expected to double within the lifetime of the project.

The project began in HM Customs and Excise as a VAT initiative. However, HMRC always seeks to take a cross tax view of initiatives when possible. Earlier this year the VAT results then available were reviewed for signs of any additional income tax liability. Risks of underpaid income tax have only been identified in a small proportion of the cases reviewed and as yet no income tax has been recovered

No assessment of the effectiveness of the shoot project has been made.