Beating the tax cheats – HMRC’s criminal case highlights of 2016

Press Releases   •   Jan 07, 2017 00:01 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today revealed its top ten most significant fraud and organised crime cases of the last year.


“My tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire”

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2016 00:01 GMT

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.


Men come out on top in the Battle of the Taxes

Press Releases   •   Jan 11, 2017 10:33 GMT

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.


Organised crime gang sentenced in £2.6 million fuel scam

Press Releases   •   Jan 09, 2017 17:47 GMT

Nine people, including the owner of a Belfast based fuel supply company, have been sentenced for their part in the laundering, concealing and distribution of an estimated 4.5 million litres of red diesel after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Press Releases   •   Jan 06, 2017 15:58 GMT

The owner of a London video conferencing company, who fled the country after faking documents and making up figures on his tax returns to steal £500,000, has been jailed for 45 months.


Need a New Year money makeover?

Press Releases   •   Jan 06, 2017 10:18 GMT

More than 1.3 million couples across the UK have boosted their finances with Marriage Allowance, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced today.


Five sentenced in four million cigarette smuggling plot

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2016 11:39 GMT

A crime gang, who attempted to smuggle almost four million illegal cigarettes into the UK, worth an estimated £950,000 in lost duty and taxes, has been sentenced.


Two Northern Ireland men arrested in international tobacco raids

Press Releases   •   Dec 16, 2016 18:57 GMT

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.


‘Free Wi-Fi gang’ sentenced for £10m smuggling tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2016 20:15 GMT

A gang of five men, who met at roadside cafes and used free public Wi-Fi to try and hide their £10 million cigarette smuggling ring, have been jailed for 16-and-a-half years.


Personal Tax Account celebrates its first birthday with 7 million users

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2016 10:31 GMT

More than seven million customers have used their online Personal Tax Account in its first year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today.

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