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is a non-ministerial department of the UK Government responsible for the collection of taxes, the payment of some forms of state support and the administration of other regulatory regimes including the national minimum wage.

HMRC criminal investigation officers have wide-ranging powers of arrest, entry, search and detention.

The main power is to detain anyone who has committed, or whom the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect has committed, any offence under the Customs and Excise Acts as well as related fraud offences.

The new consolidated penalty regime was introduced via Finance Act 2007 (Schedule 24).

As part of the Spending Review on 12 July 2004, Gordon Brown estimated that 12,500 jobs would be lost as result of the merger by March 2008, around 14% of the combined headcount of Customs (then around 23,000) and Inland Revenue (then around 68,000).

They are responsible for seizing (or preventing the loss of) billions of stolen pounds of HMG's revenue.

Their skills and resources include the full range of intrusive and covert surveillance and they are a senior partner in the Organised Crime Partnership Board.

Their prosecution cases may be coordinated with the Police or the Crown Prosecution Service.

The department is organised around four operational groups, each led by a director general.

On 30 June 2006, under the authority of the new Labour Home Secretary, John Reid, extensive new powers were given to HMRC.

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