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UK Proposes Tougher Penalties On Tobacco, Excise Duty Evaders

Friday, February 17, 2017

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a consultation on new sanctions for repeated evasion of tobacco duty or other excise duties.

The consultation, which is based on policy outlined at Budget 2016, is seeking views on proposals to increase financial penalties for repeat offenders; a new civil penalty for dealing in illicit tobacco; a reduction to the threshold for the publication of details of people or companies that deliberately evade duty; and a statutory Duty of Care on landlords and landowners of properties or land.

"The Government would welcome views on the proposed sanctions and whether these could potentially help tackle evasion of tobacco duty and other excise duties," HMRC said.