Reporting shadow economy activity (tax evasion)

Oil laundering

The Revenue strategy on combatting fuel laundering is based on enhanced supply chain reporting and monitoring system for suppliers and retailers, the tightening of the fuel licensing regime and the strengthening of Revenue powers to refuse or revoke licences.

These measures were backed up by robust enforcement action, which intensified following the introduction of Accutrace S10.  Such enforcement action includes the use of portable fuel analysers to carry out sampling of fuel both on the roadside and at the premises of auto fuel licence holder’s

The random sampling exercises and further research on the trends in the oil market which are published on our website, demonstrate that Revenue’s overall strategy is successfully addressing the illicit trade in fuel.

We continue to review and refine our strategy so that it is effective and sufficiently forceful to deal with known and traders found to be involved in suspicious activity are investigated. If they are unable to account properly for the source or disposal of product, they face revocation of their licence, tax assessment and, where appropriate, prosecution.  

In our efforts to combat shadow economy activity relating to marked oils, Revenue has developed guidelines for mineral oil traders and has already received assurance from a number of suppliers that they are taking steps to guard against making supplies believed to be connected with fuel laundering.

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