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Illicit hand rolling tobacco market: associated tax gap in the UK 2011-2018

This statistic shows the hand rolling tobacco tax gap in the United Kingdom from fiscal year 2011/12 to 2017/18 in billion British pounds. Throughout this period the amount of annual tax revenue lost to this illicit market has fluctuated from 3 billion to 4.7 billion British pounds.

Tax revenue losses (tax gap) due to the illicit hand rolling tobacco market in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2011/12 to 2017/18 (in million GBP)*

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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 the price of a 'typical brand'.

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