MPs launch beer tax fraud inquiry

19 April, 2012

The All Party Parliamentary Beer Group has launched its own inquiry into beer tax fraud.

The move follows the recent publication of a consultation paper on the issue by HM Revenue & Customs.

A panel of parliamentary members of the group will invite those who may be affected by beer duty fraud to submit evidence, including brewers, enforcement authorities and other industry experts.

The panel may also visit Dover to consider the challenges faced by HMRC officers.

It will present its conclusions to Treasury ministers and offer recommendations around the time the public consultation is scheduled to end on June 25.

Group chairman Andrew Griffiths said: “We have been concerned about this difficult issue for some time, and have concluded that it merits a closer look.

“We intend to test the assumptions behind HMRC’s proposals and their likely effects, both beneficial and otherwise.

“If simpler and less costly remedies can be found, then so much the better.

“We shall be pleased to receive and consider the views of any affected businesses.”




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