Consultation outcome

Sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion and other excise duty evasion

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Sanctions to tackle illicit tobacco and other duty evasion: summary of responses and next steps

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Detail of outcome

The government consulted in February 2017 on options for new sanctions, and changes to existing sanctions, which focus on repeat offenders.

The consultation sought views on potential options which will help to tackle evasion of tobacco and other excise duties. The 4 options were:

  • increasing financial penalties for repeat offenders
  • a new civil penalty for dealing in illicit tobacco
  • reducing the threshold for the publication of details of people or companies that deliberately evade duty
  • a statutory Duty of Care on landlords and landowners of properties or land

This document summarises the responses received and the government’s next steps.

Original consultation

Summary

A consultation on proposed new sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion and other excise duty evasion.

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Consultation description

This consultation is about proposed changes to, or new sanctions which focus in particular on repeat offenders.

At Budget 2016 the government announced its intention to consult on detailed proposals on sanctions to tackle illicit tobacco.

This follows an informal targeted consultation that closed on 28 August 2015 which invited views on sanctions and other action to tackle illicit tobacco.

The consultation is seeking views on four potential additional sanctions which are:

  • increasing financial penalties for repeat offenders
  • a new civil penalty for dealing in illicit tobacco
  • reducing the threshold for the publication of details of people or companies that deliberately evade duty
  • 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.

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Published 17 February 2017