HM Customs and Excise (properly known as Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise (or His as appropriate), often abbreviated to HMCE) was a department of the British Government formed in 1909; its primary responsibility was the collection of customs duties, excise duties, and other indirect taxes.
The payment of customs dues has been recorded in Britain for over a thousand years and HMCE was formed from predecessor bodies with a long history.
With effect from 18 April 2005, HMCE merged with the Inland Revenue (which was responsible for the administration and collection of direct taxes) to form a new department: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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