Tax Evasion:Written question - 110432

(Glasgow South West)
Asked on: 30 October 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Evasion
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed to investigate tax evasion in the HM Revenue and Customs (a) affluent unit and (b) high net worth unit; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 07 November 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have brought together their High Net Worth Unit and Affluent teams to form a single Wealthy team. This organisational change will ensure that HMRC deploy their specialist, highly skilled resource on those wealthy individuals that present the highest compliance risk.

As at 31 March 2017, the team had approximately 1040 full time equivalent staff engaged in customer compliance activity. Their roles focus on promoting tax compliance and tackling non-compliance amongst the wealthy population, including, where evidence is found, investigating potential tax evasion. The team works closely with Counter Avoidance and Fraud Investigation Service to ensure HMRC effectively tackle avoidance and evasion within this customer segment. Customer compliance activity as a whole forms is the largest part of HMRC by staff numbers.

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