Carousel fraud may force tax hikes

Government may have to cut spending or increase taxes in order to compensate
for a huge jump in the carousel fraud activity.

According to the latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics,
there had been £10bn of the fraud in the second quarter, compared with £6.5bn in
the first quarter of 2006.

According to The Guardian it is estimated that carousel
fraud will exceed £30bn this year – 15 times the level of 2004.

Treasury officials, however, denied that the fraud was out of control.

‘HMRC’s significantly strengthened operational strategy to tackle this fraud
through a combination of legislation, litigation and operational initiatives is
delivering results,’ a spokeswoman said.

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