The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Rennard on 2016-06-15.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the loss of tax revenue each year owing to tobacco smuggling.
Lord O’Neill of Gatley
The 2014/15 tax revenue loss associated with illicit tobacco, including both cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco, is estimated to be £2.1 billion.
Estimates of UK tax revenue losses are published every year. The latest estimates, for the years 2006/7 to 2014/15, are published in ‘Tobacco Tax Gap estimates 2014-15’.