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Tobacco fraud costs taxpayers over £2 billion a year. This deprives the general public of revenue to fund vital public services that support us all.
This renewed strategy shows how HMRC and the UK Border Agency are working together to target, tackle and punish offenders. In particular the strategy addresses:
targeting and disrupting the organised criminal gangs behind the fraud
seizing greater volumes of illicit product
taking hard hitting action against offenders
reducing the availability of genuine tobacco products for fraud
reducing demand for illicit tobacco products
working together with overseas partners and international organisations
This strategy builds on the success of our work to date, which has seen the size of the illicit cigarette market cut by almost half.