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Armagh man arrested in VAT fraud investigation

Press Release   •   May 08, 2014 14:59 BST

A company director from Armagh has been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in connection with a suspected £300,000 VAT fraud.

HMRC officers searched a commercial and a private address this morning (Thursday) where they seized business records and computers relating to the fraud.

Mike Parkinson, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade the taxes they owe should expect not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well. If you have information about people who may be involved in tax fraud you can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

The man is being questioned by HMRC and investigations are continuing.

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.