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In the summer of 2011 the Group was approached by representatives of the UK brewing industry concerned that HMRC was contemplating legislation to address duty fraud which was based on unreliable data and which might place excessive burdens on the industry without a proportionate result.

Following the Chairman’s invitation, HMRC’s Deputy Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Gambling Taxes attended a meeting on 8 November 2011 to explain HMRC’s thinking and to answer members’ concerns.   HMRC subsequently announced substantially revised estimates of the size of beer excise fraud, and on 26 March 2012 published “Alcohol Fraud”, a consultation document on possible legislative changes.  The formal consultation period on this document ended on 17 July.

Click here for the link to HMRC's consultation.

And click here for the National Audit Office's report into HMRC’s renewed alcohol strategy.