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Margaret Hodge MP: UK Tobacco Companies Fuelling Black Market Trade

The Public Accounts Committee have accused Britain’s tobacco industry of fuelling black market trade by oversupplying their products to high risk european countries such as Spain, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the committee, has also accused HM Revenue and Customs  (“HMRC”) of  “turning a blind eye” to the fact that UK manufacturers are oversupplying european …

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Retailer jailed for evading import duty and VAT

The owner of Quality Foods, Mr Puis Sedani (“Mr Sendani”), 51, has admitted to evading £580,000 worth of import duty and VAT on tobacco products. Despite two previous warnings from HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) for selling illegal tobacco and alcohol in January 2011 and December 2011, HMRC officers still later uncovered in November 2012, 447 …

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Duty Free Boarding Card Scam

A Cardiff man, who used fake international boarding cards (when actually travelling on domestic flights) to buy duty free cigarettes has been jailed for 12 months. The scam resulted in an evasion estimated at £70,000 in excise duty. HMRC investigators discovered that for over five years Simon Evans, used false boarding cards to purchase duty …

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