London, April 9 (IANS) Black marketeers selling cigarettes, liquor and diesel have cost Britain nearly 30 billion pounds (about $47 billion) in lost taxes, it has been revealed.
The colossal sum over the past five years, found buried in an annual report by HM Revenue and Customs, a non-ministerial department of the British government responsible for tax collection, is enough to have funded a one percent cut in income tax, the Sun reported.
The biggest loss comes from smuggled-in cigarettes and rolling tobacco. The dodged duty would have boosted the nation's exchequer by about 17 billion pounds (about $27 billion).
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