HMRC 'weak' on tobacco smuggling

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The failure of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to clamp down on tobacco smuggling is costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said HMRC's latest tobacco strategy, launched in 2011, had so far prevented losses of £328 million - less than two-thirds of the total projected - and its target of saving £1.4 billion over four years now appeared "unachievable".
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