The total number of enquiries and interventions undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of direct taxes and VAT was:
Number 2005-06 365,682 2006-07 322,484 2007-08 298,805
The low risk relationships with businesses dealt with by our Large Business Service were only established during 2007-08 and therefore we are unable to provide a breakdown as requested.
The enquiry figures show a downward trend over the period as a result of better use of risk assessment. This reflects the department's strategy of deploying compliance resources to tackling areas of highest risk while reducing the burden on those who are compliant.
This approach has resulted in increases in additional liabilities secured from our compliance activities, details of which are published in our departmental autumn performance reports.