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Income Tax: Tax Evasion

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) cases of and (b) prosecutions for income tax evasion there have been since 2001. (201616)

Since the creation of the RCPO and HMRC in 2005, 863 cases of direct tax and VAT evasion have been successfully prosecuted and a further 1361 settled under Civil Investigation of Fraud proceedings. Separate figures for income tax evasion are not available. Cases of less serious income tax evasion are resolved through inquiries, but HMRC does not keep records of this.

Prosecutions for income tax evasion prior to April 2005 were carried out by the former Inland Revenue. In total, there were 76 successful direct tax prosecutions between 2001 and 2005.

Details of these are published in the IR annual reports.