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More than 200,000 new businesses have used a new one-stop cross-government service allowing new start-ups to register their company and also register for tax at the same time.
Smugglers, potential arms dealers and globe-trotting tax fugitives all feature in HM Revenue and Customs top ten criminal cases of 2018.
This year’s list once again demonstrates HMRC’s relentless pursuit of tax criminals and shows the lengths some individuals will go to steal money destined to support important public services.
A Hampshire tax fraudster has been sent back to jail for failing to repay the £190,555 he stole.
Two lorry drivers, who tried to smuggle more than 1.5 million cigarettes into the UK hidden between bags of wood pellets, have been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Five fraudsters who falsely claimed £13 million in tax repayments, and facilitated around 900 bogus visa applications, have been sentenced to a total of more than 31 years in jail.
University students are being targeted by scammers with fake tax refunds in an effort to steal money and personal details, warns HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The scammers are using seemingly legitimate university email addresses (for example ‘@uc.ac.uk’) in order to avoid detection. The tax authority has received thousands of fraud reports in just a few weeks from students at colleges across the UK.
Three members of the same Black Country household have been sentenced for selling illegal cigarettes through Facebook.
An eight-strong tobacco smuggling gang, which brought more than two million illegal cigarettes into the North East hidden among fridge freezers, have been jailed for more than 26 years.
A pilot for a new online VAT service was launched today, with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) inviting more than half a million businesses to try it ahead of new rules coming into force in April 2019.
A married couple who walked through the customs green channel at Bristol Airport with 561 times more tobacco and 54 times the amount of cigarettes than allowed, have been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A crooked stamps dealer who was convicted of using the identities of dead babies to create illegal passports has been jailed for VAT fraud.
A gang who attempted to smuggle cigarettes hidden in pallets of floor underlay to evade £1m in duty have been jailed for a total of ten years.
A businessman has been jailed for his role in a £194,000 VAT fraud, after a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a County Tyrone haulage company.
Two men, including a convicted gang leader, who were caught smuggling more than 400,000 illicit cigarettes into the UK hidden inside electric boilers, have been jailed for a total of four and a half years.
A globe-trotting tax consultant who fled the UK before he could be arrested for masterminding a conspiracy to steal £6.9 million from construction workers’ pay packets is finally behind bars.
A fraudster, who evaded nearly £60,000 in duty on smuggled alcohol, has been jailed, with his dishonest associate also sentenced after lying to investigators.
A gang who attempted to flood the UK streets with millions of smuggled cigarettes and launder the proceeds by buying and selling high-value cars, have been jailed for more than 25 years.
A Gloucester security services company director, who was jailed for stealing almost half a million pounds in tax, must pay back £67,424 or face another two years in jail and still owe the money.
New and innovative technology to help more than three million customers renew their tax credits by 31 July, has today been launched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A lorry driver who was promised £1,500 to smuggle tobacco into the UK has been jailed for 18 months.
Almost a third of parents in Great Britain (31%) feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays according to a new YouGov poll out today.
A Ballymena shopkeeper, who hid illicit tobacco under the floor boards of his store and thousands of pounds of cash in his shoes, has been sentenced for excise fraud.
HMRC has revealed today that it has saved the public over £2.4m by tackling fraudsters that trick the public into using premium rate phone numbers for services that HMRC provide for free.
A silver notebook helped HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) smash a North West illegal cigarette network that evaded more than £16 million in tax.
In 2017/18, HMRC investigators identified £15.6 million in pay that is owed for over a record 200,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers, up from £10.9 million for over 98,000 workers last year.
A lorry driver who was caught at the Port of Dover with £1.5 million cash hidden in his trailer, has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Two businessmen have been jailed after stealing almost £145,000 VAT and laundering money for a gang locked-up for more than 54 years over a £2.6 million tax fraud.
HMRC has processed 10 million transactions using robots since 2015 which has improved efficiency and customer experience.
The ringleaders of an eight-strong gang of labourers from the West Midlands have been jailed for attempting to steal £300,000 through fake tax claims.
From 1 April 2018, Landfill Tax is changing to include disposals at unauthorised waste sites in England and Northern Ireland. These changes will support legitimate waste management businesses by creating a fairer tax system and a deterrent to causing environmental harm by disposing of material at an unauthorised waste site.
A Buckinghamshire man, who laundered money from the development of an online banking service used by criminals, must pay back £1,018,085 within three months, or spend another seven years in prison and still owe the money.
The jailed ringleader of an illegal cigarette network in Blackburn has been ordered to pay back £478,693.
A Hull shopkeeper, who was caught with more than one million illicit cigarettes stashed in self-storage containers, has been jailed for five years after being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Time is running out for anyone with offshore assets before tougher penalties kick in, as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) publishes proposals to allow more time to investigate when someone hasn’t declared the right amount of tax.
A London man, who evaded nearly £300,000 in tax importing a shipping container loaded with shisha tobacco, has been sentenced.
From today, all working parents with children under 12 can apply for up to £2,000 of childcare support per child, per year.
A Derby bookkeeper who pretended to be a fully qualified accountant to steal £143,957 through tax fraud, sending more than £100,000 of it to a woman he’d never met in Canada, has been jailed.
A Scottish scrap metal dealer who failed to pay more than £200,000 of VAT he charged his customers, has been jailed for 18 months, after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HM Revenue and Customs has today announced just over three million customers are yet to complete their 2016 to 2017 returns with only one week to go before the 31 January deadline.
The Government understands that many businesses that were contracted to Carillion will be concerned about their ability to pay their tax. As part of its ongoing commitment to delivering support for businesses, HMRC will provide practical advice and guidance to those affected through its Business Payment Support Service (BPSS).
A company director from Aberdare, who set up fake businesses and sent bogus invoices between them as he attempted to steal more than £140,000 in tax, has been jailed for 18 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
An East Kilbride mechanic, who failed to pay almost £210,000 of tax and National Insurance due on self-employed earnings, has been jailed for 18 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today revealed its top ten tax fraud and organised crime cases of the last year.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today warning the public about a high profile phone scam that is conning vulnerable and elderly people out of thousands of pounds.
A former West Sussex publican who lied about his sales to evade £85,000 in VAT and Corporation Tax has been jailed for 18 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Six members of a gang, including a former HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employee and two unqualified accountants, who stole more than £2.4m in VAT payments have been jailed for more than 24 years.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has formally signed an agreement to lease 14 Westfield Avenue, Stratford, London for 25 years. The 240,000 square feet. office space will accommodate around 3,800 HMRC employees from late 2020.
A Liverpool couple who ran a pub and garage in the city have been jailed for a total of seven years for a £470,000 tax and benefit fraud.
A Chinese restaurant owner, who was jailed for VAT fraud, has been sent back to prison for not repaying the money he stole.
The Supreme Court today ruled against users of a failed tax avoidance film partnership scheme which tried to use legitimate investment in the film industry as a hook for tax avoidance.
Five men and one woman have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £17 million money laundering operation.
A self-styled tax adviser, who had no accounting qualifications, was branded a ‘parasite’ by a judge sentencing him to four and a half years’ in jail for committing a £150,000 tax fraud while living in Spain.
An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol across north Wales has uncovered more than 440,000 cigarettes, 169 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 2,700 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.
HM Revenue and Customs has defeated a tax avoidance scheme used by the wealthy to reduce their tax bills, which the department expects to protect £325 million in unpaid tax.
A mother-of-five, who lied about earning hundreds of thousands of pounds from her ‘London’ escort agency so that she could evade paying tax and claim state benefits, has been jailed for three years.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has won a landmark case against a tax avoidance scheme promoter that could lead to the recovery of £110 million.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has averted over a million visits to deceptive websites, including those which promote misleading and costly helpline numbers, it announced today.
Seven men and three women have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £35 million pound tax fraud and money laundering.
The mastermind of a six-strong gang that laundered £240,000 by setting up a fake catering business, has been jailed for three and a half years.
A gang member, who rented properties just to use them as delivery addresses for more than 14 tonnes of smuggled tobacco worth £3.1 million in evaded VAT and duty, has been jailed.
Corporations could be prosecuted if they fail to prevent staff from criminally facilitating tax evasion under a new HMRC law that comes into effect this weekend.
The ringleader of a gang, who laundered more than £107m of underworld cash through their London bureaux de change, has been stripped of property in the UK, France, Sri Lanka and India to repay his criminal income.
A South Yorkshire crime gang, who evaded £3.8 million in duty and VAT by smuggling beer into the UK, has been jailed for a total of 19 years.
A Warrington fast food takeaway boss, who lied about his shop’s takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud, has been jailed.
A new service to directly help mid-sized businesses as they expand and grow, has been launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HMRC’s Executive Chair and First Permanent Secretary, Edward Troup, has announced his plan to retire.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has won a tax avoidance case worth £35 million against global banking group BNP Paribas.
A tobacco smuggler known as the ‘Shisha Man’, who smuggled more than 4,000kg of illegal tobacco products into the UK and then tried to flee the country, has been jailed for 42 months.
A lorry driver, who smuggled more than one tonne of hand-rolling tobacco into the UK hidden among a load of peanuts, evading £220,000 in duty, has been jailed for 22 months after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Taking on a summer job as a student not only looks great on your CV after you’ve graduated – it gives you real work experience in your chosen field and gives you a feel of what your dream job is really like day-to-day.
As GCSE exam results are released in England, Wales and Northern Ireland today, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents who receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits to inform them of their child’s educational status ahead of 31 August, otherwise payments will stop.
A call centre worker from Swansea, who set up a company to sell men’s designer underwear as a front to steal more than £50,000 from taxpayers through a VAT fraud, has been jailed.
A Rochdale businessman, who pocketed nearly £1.25 million from two VAT frauds, has been ordered to repay almost £400,000 or face another four years in jail after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed is being launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The leaders of a cigarette smuggling gang, who evaded almost £1.2 million in taxes, have been jailed after they were caught with more than three million illegal cigarettes.
With just one week to go until the 31 July tax credit renewal deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging the 960,000 customers that are still to renew to do it now – or risk having their payments stopped.
An illegal alcohol factory, producing potentially toxic vodka, has been found in an industrial unit in Aintree.
A lorry driver, who smuggled more than nine million cigarettes into the UK hidden inside air filter units, evading £2.5 million in duty, has been jailed for three years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
The report shows that HMRC brought in an additional £29 billion by cracking down on the minority of individuals and businesses who try to not pay the tax they owe, while improving customer service for all taxpayers.
One of Britain’s most wanted tax fugitives, the man at the centre of a vast, multi-million pound tax fraud, who fled the UK in July 2014 to avoid prison, has been deported from Dubai after being caught travelling with a fake British passport.
A Cottingham man who hid online auction sales worth more than £2.6 million from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been sentenced.
A trained accountant, who fraudulently claimed more than £82,000 VAT refunds to fuel his gambling and drug addiction, has been jailed.
Two members of an organised crime group, who attempted to claim £10.2million in tax credits using stolen identities of public sector employees, have been jailed for eight years and nine months after a complex criminal investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Two women received suspended prison sentences.
An accountant, two film producers and an independent financial advisor, who were jailed with three others for more than 36 years for committing a £2.2 million tax fraud, have been ordered to pay back more than £2 million of their criminal profits or face a further ten years in jail.
An ex-HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employee from Dudley, who lied on her tax credits claims to steal more than £56,000, has been sentenced.
Two lorry drivers who smuggled cigarettes and tobacco into the UK have been jailed for a total of four years, after investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A Perthshire transport company boss, who lied about his company profits and invented expenses incurred by the business, has been jailed for 32 months for a £174,000 VAT fraud.
A Northumberland company director, who forged documents to steal more than £148,000 in tax, has been sentenced.
Three men, who were caught supplying or receiving almost half a million smuggled cigarettes in Surrey, have been sentenced for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty.
Three men have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a £17 million tax fraud after an illegal tobacco factory was discovered.
An Essex fraudster who was jailed for a VAT scam must sell his home, luxury cars and expensive watches to repay £3.3 million he stole.
A convicted tax fraudster from Barking has been told he must repay £68,712 or serve a further 8 months in prison and still owe the money.
A County Fermanagh farmer, who was jailed in 2014 for stealing £1.3 million in fraudulent VAT repayments, has been ordered to pay back more than £390,000, or serve a further three and a half years in prison.
A former Ascot-based property developer, who hijacked details of an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands and forged documents to commit fraud and evade VAT, has been jailed for three years and seven months. He was also trading while disqualified as a company director.
A convicted fraudster from Lancashire, who was part of a VAT repayment fraud involving fake construction companies, must repay more than £2.2 million.
A phoney North Yorkshire horse trader who attempted to avoid an investigation into a £280,000 tax fraud by lying about having cancer has been jailed.
A lorry driver caught smuggling 600,000 illicit cigarettes into Dover, among pallets of floor panels, has been jailed for 16 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A millionaire businessman, who failed to pay any tax on his earnings because he wasn’t a “paperwork person”, has been sentenced to four years for evading more than £1.3m in tax after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A convicted tobacco smuggler, who was warned that if he was caught with illicit tobacco again he would return to prison, has been jailed for ten years.
A London film producer who used the proceeds of a £590,000 tax fraud to rent a plush Piccadilly flat has been jailed.
An Edinburgh businessman, who owned two Indian restaurants in the city, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after his VAT evasion was uncovered by an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
A criminal defence solicitor, who lied about his income to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to steal more than £60,000 in a tax fraud, has been jailed for 18 months.
Ladbrokes has lost a long running legal battle with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), costing the high street bookie £71 million.
A runaway tax fraudster is starting a six year jail sentence, after being extradited back to the UK by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for failing to repay £1.5 million.
A Wiltshire woman, who falsely claimed to be a furniture restorer to commit a £166,000 VAT fraud, has been jailed for two years and eight months.
A wholesale potato merchant, who falsely inflated his businesses expenses by 2,000% to claim £160,000 he wasn’t entitled to, has been jailed for two and a half years.
Wiltonpark LTD, owner of five London-based ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ branded ‘Secrets’, has lost its tax battle with HM Revenue and Customs and now faces a tax bill estimated at more than half a million pounds.
More information has been published today on how businesses, the self-employed and landlords will benefit from government plans to modernise the tax system.
Six members of an organised crime network, which smuggled almost three million illicit cigarettes into the UK hidden in hollowed-out table tops, have been sentenced for their role in evading more than £657,000 in taxes. Four of the men were jailed for a total of ten years and two months.
One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives, who helped mastermind an international illicit tobacco smuggling operation, has been jailed after being extradited from South Africa by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to face justice.
Glamorous holidays abroad, luxury watches and Friday nights out feature in HMRC’s latest list of the most outlandish expenses which customers tried to claim back on their 2014-15 Self Assessment returns. With a week to go until the 31 January deadline, HMRC is releasing the strangest expenses to ensure other customers don’t make similar claims:
A London couple who ran a criminal money laundering service from their family-owned bureaux de change have been stripped of cash in offshore bank accounts, jewellery and property to repay more than £1.2m.
Men, for the second year running, were more likely than women to complete their tax return on time, winning the battle of the taxes once again - but only just.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today revealed its top ten most significant fraud and organised crime cases of the last year.
More than 1.3 million couples across the UK have boosted their finances with Marriage Allowance, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced today.
Each year HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives a number of unusual excuses why Self Assessment (SA) customers didn’t complete their tax return on time.
Two men from County Armagh and one from the Netherlands have been arrested as part of an international investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Dutch Customs (FIOD) into suspected money laundering and tobacco smuggling frauds.
More than seven million customers have used their online Personal Tax Account in its first year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today.
A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been ordered to pay back more than £156,000 he stole through a tax fraud or face a further five years in prison.
A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.9 million cigarettes into the UK, hidden under a load of half-baked mouldy baguettes, has been jailed for four years and three months after being extradited from Romania by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HMRC has successfully reduced the number of phishing emails its customers receive by 300 million this year, better protecting taxpayers from fraud and identity theft.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today urging first-time Self Assessment (SA) customers to register for a Personal Tax Account (PTA), and see how easy submitting a tax return really can be.
A Manchester garage boss has been jailed for tax fraud after he hid his business activities from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and stole £118,000 from UK taxpayers.
A security doorman, and former HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employee, has been sentenced for tax evasion.
An ex-council employee, who faked building works to steal almost £1 million, has been jailed for seven and half years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A London money launderer and his accomplice, whose bid to escape arrest by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was thwarted by a traffic jam, have been jailed for a total of eight-and-a-half years for laundering £5.9m.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Concentrix have agreed to end, with immediate effect, the contract through which Concentrix provided additional capacity to check tax credits claims and reduce error and fraud in the system.
A South Yorkshire double glazing salesman who was convicted of a £144,000 tax fraud has been jailed – after evading a further £20,000 while on bail awaiting sentence.
An accountant from Bolton, who hijacked the identities of NHS doctors and nurses in a £40,000 tax fraud, has been jailed.
A Staffordshire company director, who pretended to trade in designer jewellery, IT services and sports equipment to steal more than £204,000 VAT, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) exposed his fraud.
A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.6 million cigarettes into the UK hidden among a consignment of dry pasta has been jailed for three years, after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
A car dealer from Bury has been sentenced for not declaring his true income or registering his business for VAT.
A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.6 million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK hidden behind boxes of rotten apples has been jailed for 21 months, after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Three Kent men, including an accountant and a construction firm boss, who stole £6.9 million in UK taxes to fund lifestyles most people can only dream of, have been jailed for a total of 19 years.
A Dubai-based British businessman, who financed a major cigarette smuggling gang, has been stripped of prime Thames-side land to pay back £4.5 million.
A convicted cigarette smuggler from Huyton has been ordered to repay £340,000 or face a further four years in jail.
The UK tax gap fell in 2014-15 to its lowest-ever level of 6.5%, official statistics published today reveal.
A couple who masterminded a nationwide counterfeit tobacco production racket capable of robbing the taxpayer of £1 million a week, have been sentenced.
A Manchester taxi driver has been jailed for laundering almost 2 million pound of criminal profits in one month after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators found cash stashed under his bed.
A luxury watch dealer, who dodged £1.25 million in tax by falsifying import paperwork to show Rolexes, Cartiers and Breitlings were worth as little as $50, has been jailed for three years.
A pizza delivery driver from Ellesmere Port, who faked his pay, tax and job expenses in an attempt to steal more than £60,000 in tax repayments, has been jailed.
A Birmingham company director, who claimed to run a business producing whisky, chutney and jam, has been sentenced after it was revealed it was just a front for him to steal almost £110,000 in a tax fraud.
A Lancashire gang that cleaned up more than £1.22 million of ‘dirty money’ linked to a major construction industry VAT fraud has been sentenced.
A Wanstead businessman, who claimed to trade in fine wines and diamonds but instead conned investors to fund a lavish lifestyle, buying luxury cars and hundreds of pairs of expensive trainers, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for a £350,000 fraud.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is appealing for information on the whereabouts of a man wanted in connection with a £2m money laundering crime after the conviction of a London businessman.
A Derbyshire man, who was caught red-handed unloading more than eight million cigarettes from a shipping container that was supposed to be carrying tables and chairs, has been jailed for four years.
A Plymouth bridal shop owner and part-time bookkeeper, who admitted stealing more than £250,000 in tax, has been jailed for 32 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A London businessman, who cooked the books of his television production company to rob the UK taxpayer of more than £410,000 in a VAT fraud, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
A lorry driver caught smuggling 400,000 cigarettes into the UK hidden in boxes of ice cream, has been jailed for 14 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
An accountant from Levenshulme, who created fake tax returns and expense accounts to steal more than £285,000 has been jailed today after he was caught by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A self-employed property investor and caterer from Bermondsey, who stole over £70,000 in a tax credit fraud, has been jailed.
The former owners of a Maidenhead motor dealership who illegally claimed an £86,000 VAT repayment have been sentenced.
The director of an Edinburgh construction company, who lied about her business expenses in a VAT fraud, has been jailed for two years after an investigation into her company’s finances by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Paying tax will become less burdensome for British businesses under plans for a 21st century tax system detailed by HMRC today.
HMRC has successfully defeated a case brought by actor Rupert Grint.
A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been sentenced for a £1 million tax fraud.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has won two major tax avoidance battles against the Ingenious Film Partnership and Icebreaker avoidance schemes in cases worth more than £820 million in tax owed and interest.
The director of a Scunthorpe electrical contracting company, who faked invoices to help steal more than £147,000 in tax, has been jailed.
More than 100,000 people have used a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online service, to ensure that their car benefit and car fuel benefit is correct.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today that around two million people have renewed their tax credits, but that leaves more than a million in danger of losing their payments if they don’t renew before Sunday 31 July.
Three tax advisers have been arrested as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £132 million tax fraud.
A lorry driver caught smuggling one-and-a-half tonnes of tobacco into the UK, evading £297,000 in excise duty, has been jailed after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
More than 1.5 million people have renewed their tax credits already, with four weeks left until the 31 July deadline.
A Lancashire man caught smuggling illegal cigarettes and tobacco into the UK, has been ordered to pay back £240,000, of which £90,000 must be paid within three months, or he will face a further 18 months in jail.
Four men have been jailed for a fraud disguised as a tax avoidance scheme, intended to defraud taxpayers of £100 million. The men falsely claimed to have invested £275 million in film projects then used offshore companies to cover their tracks, but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) exposed it as a scam.
A London bookkeeper who pretended to be a qualified accountant has been jailed after a failed attempt to steal £119,898 through fraudulent VAT repayments.
A man from London, who built up a successful business empire in the capital, has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed that he had stolen £500,000 in VAT.
Four men have been found guilty of promoting and operating a fraudulent tax avoidance scheme, to defraud taxpayers out of £100 million. The men falsely claimed to have invested £275 million into film projects then used offshore companies to cover their tracks, but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) exposed it as a scam.
A Peterborough man, who evaded more than £168,000 in excise duty by repeatedly peddling illicit cigarettes and tobacco around the East of England, has been jailed.
Twenty three members of a gang based in the West Midlands, Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire, who stole £2.6 million in a VAT fraud have been jailed for more than 54 years.
Two men have been sentenced for laundering the profits of crime after they were caught with cash totalling £166,000, in an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Two men have been jailed after they were caught red-handed using a Hampshire barn to store more than 2.7 million smuggled cigarettes, evading around £660,000 in excise duty.
A Middleton couple have been sentenced for money laundering after over £336,000 of criminal cash was seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) from their home.
A criminal gang caught red-handed with bundles of ‘dirty’ cash, part of £15 million made from selling alcohol illegally in the UK, has been jailed for a total of 19 years.
Harrow accountant Abu Talib Ghadiri, 34, has been found guilty for his involvement in a £400,000 Gift Aid and VAT fraud after an intensive investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Jennie Granger, HMRC Director General of Enforcement and Compliance, said:
“HMRC is committed to exposing and acting on financial wrongdoing and we relentlessly pursue tax evaders to ensure that they pay every penny of taxes and fines they owe.
Four convicted fraudsters, who were part of an 18-strong crime gang involved in a vast mobile phone VAT fraud, have been ordered to repay more than £111 million in criminal profits.
A businessman from Reading, who stole more than £1 million from his workers’ pay packets, has been ordered to repay criminal profits of £884,023, within six months, or remain in prison for a further six years.
A Staffordshire company director, who pretended to trade in designer jewellery, IT services and sports equipment to steal more than £204,000 VAT, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) exposed his fraud.
The owner of a Nottinghamshire security firm, who ran away from court minutes before he was due to be sentenced for pocketing £300,000 in VAT he charged customers instead of handing it over to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has been given a 28-month prison term.
Eight men were arrested and 11 premises searched during a multi-agency operation in Manchester yesterday (24 February).
A businesswoman, banned from being a company director, has been jailed after she stole more than £158,000 from her employees’ tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) and pocketed a further £141,500 in unpaid VAT.
A Widnes man who pretended to trade in equine medicine and claimed to have a £25 million bank balance, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) exposed his £2 million VAT fraud.
New statistics reveal that HMRC has collected more than £2 billion in disputed tax from tax avoiders, under rules introduced by the government in 2014.
Eight men have been arrested and 55,000 litres of fuel seized, as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected fuel smuggling fraud worth an estimated £3 million in evaded tax.
A Liverpool man who evaded over £91,700 of VAT and then fled to Benidorm to hide from the taxman, has been jailed after returning to the UK to attend an Everton home game.
Two men, who were caught exchanging more than £100,000 in cash outside a Barnsley working men’s club, have been jailed after they were investigated for money laundering offences by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
From broken kitchen appliances, hungry pets and arguments that last five years – some people will stop at nothing to pass the blame for their tardy timekeeping.
Lin Homer has announced today that she is to leave HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in April, after more than four years as Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary and a public service career spanning 36 years.
A record-breaking 24,546 people submitted their tax return online on New Year’s Eve, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has had a very successful year with record-breaking and sustained results through 2015 by increasing revenues, reducing costs and improving customer service. The continued transformation through digital services, including new powers being provided to HMRC due from 2016 onwards, means the department is on target to further improve customer service and crackdown on tax cheats, bringing vital revenues for public services.
UK taxpayers will now be able to manage their tax affairs online with the official launch of Personal Tax Accounts.
150 kilos of smuggled gold, which was seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of a £9 million smuggling investigation has been sold at auction raising almost £2.2 million.
HM Revenue and Customs will start sending letters this week to potential Scottish taxpayers as part of the next stage of preparations for the introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax.
An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Somerset led to the arrest of one man, and uncovered more than 45,000 cigarettes and over 80 litres of spirits.
Two men, who were caught red-handed trading in smuggled, counterfeit tobacco have been jailed, after they were investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A conveyancer from Harrow, who swindled his clients and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) out of almost £352,500 in stamp duty land tax, was jailed for three years and four months on Friday (13 November).
HMRC has today announced the next step in its ten-year modernisation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future, committing to high-quality jobs and the creation of 13 new regional centres over the next five years, serving every nation and region in the UK.
Five men, who were part of a seven-strong gang that tried to steal more than £1 million in tax by setting up sham companies they claimed traded in television broadcasting rights for cage fighting events, have been jailed for a total of almost 19 years.
A Londonderry accountant, who stole over £55,000 in VAT payments from one of his own clients, has been jailed for 12 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A former County Durham milkman, who masterminded a plot to smuggle ten million illicit cigarettes into the UK, has been jailed after being extradited from Thailand by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to face justice.
The tax gap for 2013-14 was 6.4 per cent of tax due, continuing a long-term downward trend, reflecting that HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) approach is delivering steady, and sustained progress.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforces have brought in £109 million in the last six months it was revealed today. That includes £64.9 million recovered in the first three months of this year, more than double the figure for the same period in 2014.
A campaign aimed at helping residential landlords get their tax affairs in order has brought in more than £50 million, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today.
An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol in Manchester and Bolton uncovered over one million cigarettes and over 74 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.
Four men who smuggled 2.7 million cigarettes and over 774kg of tobacco into the UK, most of them hidden in a cover load of frozen chickens, have been sentenced.
A chartered surveyor, who attempted to steal almost £213,000 in Income Tax and VAT by failing to declare his earnings and submitting false repayment claims for the upkeep of a racehorse called ‘Thunder Cat’, and four others, has been jailed for 18 months.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today announced that twotaskforces taking on tax cheats in South Wales and South West England have collected over £20 million in just three years.
Fourteen people have been arrested across the North East and Yorkshire today as part of an investigation into a suspected £78 million landfill tax fraud.
Three people from Glasgow have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in connection with a suspected £1 million VAT fraud linked to the catering trade.
A former HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigator from Birmingham, who tipped off his friends when their VAT scam was uncovered, has been jailed today.
An international investigation into a suspected £5.5 million VAT and money laundering fraud has led to the arrest of five people in, Armagh, Merseyside and Birmingham.
A company director, who was jailed for smuggling over three tonnes of tobacco disguised as scented pot pourri through Manchester airport, has been ordered to repay £34,500 in stolen tax.
Five men have been arrested in North London, on suspicion of smuggling, after an operation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to tackle an estimated £1 million tax fraud.
An Essex accountant, who doctored his clients’ tax returns to steal £170,000 which he used to gamble, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigated him.
The ringleader of a gang that used an airline’s staff discount travel programme to smuggle cigarettes through UK airports has been handed a confiscation order for £348,705.
The director of three payroll and book-keeping companies who stole over £250,000 to keep his business afloat by pocketing his employees’ tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and failing to pay VAT bills has been jailed for two years.
An illegal alcohol factory, containing 130,000 litres of potentially toxic fake vodka, worth £1.7 million in unpaid duty, was uncovered in an industrial unit in Widnes last Friday (31 July 2015).
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today announced that it will bring some existing IT services under its direct control, while it continues to plan the transition to a new IT delivery model following the ending of the Aspire contract in 2017.
Treasury Minister Damian Hinds visited Belfast and Newry today as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) unveiled new roadside fuel testing equipment to tackle the trade in illicit diesel.
A second-hand car dealer from Gloucestershire who traded millions of pounds worth of cars for at least 14 years but kept no records and paid no tax has been jailed for four years and eight months.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today that it collected a record £517.7 billion in tax in 2014-15 (an increase of £12 billion on the previous year), as a result of economic growth and the continued crackdown on tax evasion and avoidance.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a new resource for teachers to help their students learn the facts of tax.
Fraudsters are targeting tax credits claimants with scam emails, fake websites and text messages in the run-up to the 31 July renewals deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) warned today.
A Belfast builder, who failed to pay any Income Tax or VAT for his construction business, has been jailed for tax fraud after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A Barnsley man whose haul of illicit tobacco was discovered after a break-in at his home has been jailed for 18 months following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Three car traders behind a £1.3 million VAT fraud, involving prestige and luxury cars being shipped worldwide, were jailed today for a total of more than 14 years.
A Lincolnshire taxi driver who was caught with more than a tonne and a half of illicit tobacco has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HMRC has won a major tax avoidance case against Abbey National Treasury Services PLC (ANTS) and Cater Allen International Ltd (CAIL), protecting more than £16 million for UK taxpayers after the courts decided against their attempt to avoid paying corporation tax on the interest on floating loan rate notes. In total, the ruling will protect over £86 million, as four similar cases were awaiting the ruling.
Contractors and freelancers only have until the end of June to register for the Contractor Loans Settlement Opportunity (CLSO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) warned today.
Error and fraud in the tax credits system has been reduced to its lowest level since tax credits were introduced in 2003.
Four men from London have been arrested on suspicion of tobacco smuggling after an operation to disrupt the illegal trade yesterday.
Employment agencies have until 5 August to make sure they are complying with new HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) rules.
A County Durham businessman who left a ‘black hole’ in his friend’s state pension fund by failing to pass on his Income Tax and National Insurance deductions to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been jailed.
A couple from Manchester have been jailed for a £3.8 million excise fraud, involving over 25 tonnes of counterfeit tobacco, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A businessman who ran three international export companies from his County Durham home has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uncovered his £198,000 VAT fraud.
Over 68 thousand litres of alcohol and three lorries have been seized in an overnight operation to crackdown on excise fraud and smuggling in the Port of Dover.
A van driver was jailed yesterday after 1.37 million smuggled cigarettes found in his van were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in Manchester.
12 people were arrested in the latest clampdown on tax fraud launched yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A partially retired ear, nose and throat consultant who evaded £700,000 in tax has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The former director of an eco-electrical manufacturing company has been sentenced, alongside the company’s Finance and IT Manager, for a £220,000 VAT fraud following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A woman from Southampton who stole £109,000 in benefits and Tax Credits by fraudulently claiming she was single has been jailed for nine months.
A Margate woman who attempted to pass off vet’s bills, food shopping and family treats, including a car for her daughter, as business expenses has been sentenced for committing an £18,000 tax fraud.
A company director, who admitted falsifying business records to steal almost £220,000 in VAT refunds, has been electronically tagged for eight months and ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A self-employed Hertfordshire pastor, who withheld details of his income to dodge £72,000 in tax, has been sentenced today after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A Leicestershire businessman who fraudulently claimed to be supplying women’s clothes to Parisian shops so that he could reclaim £670,000 in VAT has been jailed for two years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Today the government is taking further tough action to crack down on tax avoidance promoters.
Almost a tonne of raw leaf tobacco and 10,000 suspected illicit cigarettes have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Charities can now register their details online with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The Court of Appeal today ruled in favour of HM Revenue and Customs against Eclipse Film Partners (No 35) LLP, protecting an estimated £635 million in tax.
More than eight million taxpayers who filed their 2013-14 tax return electronically by the 31 January deadline can now access their online tax summary.
An online map pinpointing tax cheats around the country together with their crime and sentence has been launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The map allows people to see the impact of HMRC’s enforcement work.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today published the consultation paper, ‘Strengthening Sanctions for Tax Avoidance’, setting out proposals to tackle the serial use of tax avoidance schemes.
As the countdown to the Self Assessment deadline begins, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed the top five most outrageous personal expenses claims included in 2013-14 Self Assessment tax returns.
There are just 10 days left to send your 2013-14 tax return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and avoid a £100 late-filing penalty.
An Essex woman who fraudulently claimed over £86,000 in tax credits by lying about her personal circumstances to receive higher payments has been sentenced.
Two unemployed men from Essex, who invented fake charities and donations so they could fraudulently reclaim over £500,000 in Gift Aid repayments, have both been jailed for 30 months.
Ten of the most terrible excuses for missing the 31 January tax return deadline have been revealed today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Solicitors are being given the chance by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to bring their tax affairs up to date or face tougher penalties, as part of a new tax campaign.
An illegal tobacco processing factory has been discovered at an industrial unit in Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire.
A Rochdale businessman, who pocketed nearly £1.25 million in two VAT repayment frauds, has been jailed for five years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
An investigation is underway into the financial affairs of an accountant from Bolton who has been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on suspicion of tax fraud offences.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today issued a list of ‘10 things a tax avoidance scheme promoter won’t always tell you’.
If you haven’t yet sent your 2013/14 tax return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), remember not to do it on paper – or you’ll end up with a £100 late-filing penalty.
The 31 October paper-filing deadline for 2013/14 tax returns has now passed. Even if you have no tax to pay, or you eventually pay your tax on time, a late paper return will still land you with the £100 penalty.
Two men who tried to hide their criminal cash by stashing it inside their wardrobes have been jailed along with one other member of their cigarette smuggling gang, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). A fourth gang member will be sentenced next month.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning taxpayers to be on their guard against fraudulent
phishing emails, after almost 75,000 fake emails were reported to the taxman over the last six months.
The principal trustee of a charity, who attempted to steal over £100,000 in a Gift Aid tax relief fraud, has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Fourteen people were arrested in dawn raids yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on suspicion of laundering the proceeds of a multi-million pound alcohol fraud.
A tax tribunal has backed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in yet another tax avoidance case – this time against a university which claimed over £600,000 in VAT.
A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and a fellow company director who were both jailed for a £5 million pension scheme tax fraud have been ordered to
pay back a total of £5.1 million.
A Surrey bookkeeper who stole from her employers has been jailed for tax fraud, following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has seized illicit alcohol and disrupted alcohol-related criminal gangs as part of a Europe-wide initiative tackling international organised crime.
A taskforce tackling fraudulent VAT repayments in the Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke and Wolverhampton areas was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Three men and a woman have been arrested and tobacco worth an estimated £287,000 seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last Friday (12 September).
Employers with fewer than 50 employees will face automated in-year penalties for late real-time PAYE returns from 6 March next year.
A taskforce tackling people trying to dodge property tax in the north west and north Wales was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Three people from the West Midlands have been sentenced today for their role in a £1.7 million tobacco smuggling ring.
A tax avoidance scheme which abused the reliefs offered for research into life-saving vaccines to claim back £77 million in tax has been rejected again by a tribunal.
A settlement opportunity for employers who have used Employee Benefit Trusts (EBT) to avoid tax will close in March 2015, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today.
A father and son who failed to declare the income from their Newport mini-market have been jailed.
The Let Property Campaign gives buy-to-let and other private landlords an opportunity to settle and regularise their tax affairs on favourable terms and affordable payment plans.
Landlords are being offered online training in tax matters from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The computer-based tutorials will make it easier for them to understand when and how to pay tax on property they have let out.
A taskforce tackling tax dodgers who hide their wealth was launched yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Almost 700 tax fraudsters and benefit cheats were convicted this year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced
Care sector workers are in line for nearly £340,000 in back pay as a result of investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
More than 2,400 workers in the care sector were underpaid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the last two years across the United Kingdom. Over the two-year period, HMRC looked at jobs across the sector and investigated 224 employers. Some investigations are ongoing, but to date 88 cases have been found to be non-compliant.
With the recent ending of the Property Sales Campaign on 6 September 2013, HMRC are continuing the theme of targeting property owners who have not declared the correct tax by offering a new campaign aimed at undeclared rental income.
Christmas shoppers looking for bargains overseas have been warned not to get hit by unexpected charges, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cautioned.
Travellers going abroad to do Christmas shopping, or shoppers buying goods online from non-EU countries, are advised to check how much they can buy before customs duty or import VAT are due.
Names of tax cheats have been published on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website today.
Publishing the names of deliberate tax defaulters ensures everyone pays their fair share, creates a level playing field for honest people and businesses, and cracks down on the minority who seek to evade tax. It is part of HMRC’s approach to combating tax evasion and non-compliance.
If you haven’t yet sent in your 2012/13 tax return, remember to do it online to avoid a penalty.
If you send HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) a paper tax return from November onwards, you’ll receive a £100 late-filing penalty – even if you have no tax to pay, or you pay your tax bill on time. This is because the 31 October deadline for 2012/13 paper tax returns has now passed.
Nine men who pretended to be butchers, then made fraudulent VAT refund claims of £1 million by faking invoices, have been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
There are just days left to send your 2012/13 paper tax return to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), if you want to beat the 31 October deadline and avoid a penalty.
A leader of an organised criminal gang who was jailed for 15 years for his part in a £38 million VAT fraud has been ordered to pay back nearly £13 million to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or face 10 further years in prison.
People in the health and wellbeing professions who have taxable income that they have not told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about are being targeted in a new campaign launched today.
A Newport businessman has been arrested on suspicion of VAT fraud estimated at £320,000. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators arrested the man on Wednesday 25 September 2013.
Successful court challenges against stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have protected almost £400 million of taxpayers’ money in the last year.
People who have sold properties which are not their main homes, and have not told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about any profit, have one month left to make use of the disclosure opportunity.
Plans to simplify the way self-employed people pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) have been published for consultation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
A tax tribunal has ruled against a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) avoidance scheme, protecting £135 million in tax.
The first report by the new Tax Assurance Commissioner at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), detailing the department’s new approach to resolving disputes with taxpayers, has been published today.
HM Revenue and Customs’ Digital Services are to be transformed by £200 million of Government investment, as taxpayers get direct access to their tax affairs.
Governmental departments are inconsistent in deciding the tax arrangements of their workers, according to IR35 experts.
Four people were arrested on Wednesday (19 June) on suspicion of tax fraud estimated to exceed £3.6 million. This brings the total arrested in this investigation to nine, following the arrest of five others in December 2012.
HMRC is struggling to achieve its tax evasion prosecution targets, despite recruiting additional volume crime investigators and intelligence officers.
More than 1.4 million employer PAYE schemes are now reporting to HMRC in real time since the launch of new tax reporting requirements in April.
A tax avoidance scheme which routed profits of a tax advisory business through employee benefit trusts has been closed by a tribunal.
The producer of the first modern British film to be shot in 3D has been found guilty of a £1.5 million VAT fraud.
A property development company has failed in its attempt to avoid paying tax on a property sale by creating a “loss” of £1.6 million. It used a scheme that involved buying and surrendering investment bonds issued by a life assurance company.
A Kent man involved in attempts to flood the UK with 16 million illegal cigarettes has been jailed for three years.
More than 26,000 workers denied the National Minimum Wage by their employers have received a £4 million windfall after action by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
I understand that HMRC have launched a campaign under which individuals who have not declared Capital Gains Tax on the sale of residential properties can make a disclosure. What are the details of this initiative?
A lorry carrying 24,000 litres of suspected laundered diesel has been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at Cairnryan Port.
The managing director of a clothing chain, who failed to pay his VAT in full and pocketed almost £68,000 in tax and national insurance contributions deducted from his employees’ wages, has been jailed for 18 months.
Tax credits claimants are being warned by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the run-up to the renewal deadline about scam or “phishing” emails sent out by fraudsters.
A tax avoidance scheme designed to avoid VAT on car repairs that could have cost the Exchequer £600 million a year has failed after a successful challenge by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed today that it is working with the United States and Australian tax administrations (the IRS and ATO) on data which reveals extensive use of complex offshore structures to conceal assets by wealthy individuals and companies.
If you haven’t sent in your 2011/12 tax return online, be warned – you’ll be hit with more penalties from next month if you still haven’t filed.
One of my clients who owns several furnished properties overheard a conversation which stated that the renewals basis for furnished properties was being removed. Is this correct and what reliefs are still available?
A gang found guilty of making a film solely as a £2.8 million tax scam have been sentenced today in the first prosecution for film tax relief fraud.
Three people have been arrested, 1.5 tonnes of tobacco seized and over 100 fixed penalty notices issued during a crackdown targeting motorists on the M4.
A man who stole over £372,000 by making fraudulent VAT repayment claims, from over 500 false invoices, has been jailed for three years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The top tax criminals of 2012 have been sentenced to a combined total of 155 years and 10 months behind bars, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced today.
While millions of people were exchanging presents, feasting on turkey, and nodding off in front of the television, 1,548 people decided to take time out from the yuletide festivities and do their tax return online – a 40 per cent increase on Christmas Day 2011, when 1,100 people filed online.
Door-to-door salespeople have until the end of February to come clean about any tax they owe in return for a reduced penalty.
The direct selling disclosure campaign is HMRC's latest effort to target a specific sector suspected of evading tax.
A fraudster on HMRC's UK top 20 tax fugitive list has been found in Cyprus and is trying to negotiate a return to the UK.
Timur Mehmet is wanted for his role in a VAT fraud scheme worth £25m to resell goods several times and claim VAT via setting up fake companies issuing sham invoices. The VAT he claimed was never passed onto HMRC.
Tax officials have published a gallery of photographs of the people they consider to be the most wanted UK tax fugitives.
The gallery, published for the first time online, details 20 people who HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) believe are responsible for £765m of tax evasion and fraud.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report on off-payroll payments criticising workers in the public sector for making their own arrangements to pay tax.
The committee said it was “shocked” to find the BBC had 25,000 off-payroll contracts including 13,000 for people who were on air.
In what appears to be a firmer and more Draconian approach to targeting the professions, the threat to accountants could be just around the corner.
Last October TAXtv presenter Giles Mooney predicted this possible outcome. He said he'd heard “rumours” that lawyers and accountants could be next in line: “HMRC already knows how many clients an accountant has and has an idea on fee structures, the Revenue's computer could easily check to see if an accountant's declared revenue was lower than expected.”
NEARLY THREE OUT OF FIVE complaints made to the taxman in resulted in the taxman admitting fault, according to research conducted by law firm Pinsent Masons. More than 58,000 complaints were received by HM Revenue & Customs in 2010/11, with the department itself upholding the grievances at least partially in over 33,000 cases, equating to 57% of total objections.
The government will press ahead with its plan to align mandatory audit thresholds with accounting thresholds for small companies from 1 October.
Employers are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs to get ready for major PAYE changes that come into effect in three months’ time.
An accountant from Maghull, who was found guilty of tax fraud totalling over £64,000, has been sentenced after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Six members of a crime group have been jailed for a £107.9 million fraud in one of the UK’s biggest tax crimes.