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Tax Evasion

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of tax evasion in the latest period for which figures are available. (194719)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent members of staff in his Department work on tax evasion matters. (194720)

HRMC has approximately 35,000 full-time equivalent staff allocated to compliance activities which include, for example, policy development, inquiries and investigations. These staff often operate in multifunctional teams, tackling non-compliant behaviour ranging from simple errors through to complex fraud and organised attacks. As a result, HMRC is not able to separately quantify the number of staff working on evasion matters.