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Illicit cigarette market: associated tax gap in the United Kingdom 2011-2018

This statistic shows the cigarette tax gap in the United Kingdom from fiscal year 2011/12 to 2017/18 in million British pounds. The amount of tax revenue lost to the illicit cigarette market has fluctuated from between 31 billion and 47 billion British pounds, and amounted to 31.5 billion in the most recent period.

Tax revenue losses (tax gap) associated with the illicit cigarette market in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2011/12 to 2017/18

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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2018

Supplementary notes

The tax gap is the difference between the amount of tax due to the government and the amount actually collected. The taxes associated with tobacco include VAT and duty.
Figures are HMRC mid-point estimates and should be interpreted as an indicator of long-term trends rather than a precise estimate of year-to-year changes. Figures are independently rounded to the nearest 100 million British pounds.
Losses are based on the Weighted Average Price (WAP) of all UK duty paid cigarettes.

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