More than 30 officers from HMRC searched four residential and one business address during morning raids yesterday in the North West and Midlands. Computers, business and personal records were seized during the operation.
The arrests were made as a result of a HMRC investigation into a complex scheme involving offshore trusts used by professional financial advisers to facilitate UK individuals to avoid around £132 million in Income Tax.
Paul Maybury, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:
“These arrests show that we are determined to tackle not only those suspected of tax fraud, but also the professionals who we believe abuse their position of trust to help them do it.
"The vast majority of taxpayers pay the tax they owe, but for those who don’t we will not hesitate to use our full range of powers to ensure that nobody is beyond our reach."
If anyone has information about tax fraud, please contact the HMRC 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000.
The three men have been interviewed and released on bail pending further enquiries.