Carousal VAT fraud cases suspended

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The cases relate to VAT frauds involving mobile phones and computer chips, the so-called ‘carousel fraud’ scams. The largest case involved a £162m loss to the British taxpayer, and it is believed that £2bn a year is lost in total to the scams.

The scams exploit a loophole in European Single Market rules where VAT is only paid on transactions inside EU countries, but not on trades between them.

Companies would import goods VAT-free from other EU states and then sell them on in Britain, charging VAT.

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