Press Releases

Welsh weightlifter jailed for VAT fraud

Jul 31, 2015 15:12 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A Swansea scrap merchant and recycling boss, who represented Wales in weightlifting at three Commonwealth Games, has been jailed after he failed to pay over £350,000 of VAT.

HMRC win Accelerated Payments Challenge

Jul 31, 2015 13:20 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A challenge in the High Court to the legality of Accelerated Payment Notices has been comprehensively rejected.

Hair and beauty sector targeted in new national minimum wage campaign

Jul 29, 2015 11:06 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Employers in the hairdressing and beauty sectors who pay their staff below the national minimum wage (NMW) are being targeted in a new campaign announced today.

Coach hid stash of illegal tobacco

Jul 28, 2015 15:01 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) The driver of a coach and his only passenger have each been jailed for 12 months, after 900 kgs of raw leaf tobacco was found hidden behind a false wall inside a shower in the vehicle they were travelling in.

Testing times ahead for fuel fraudsters

Jul 27, 2015 16:19 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 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.

Six arrested in suspected £4m tax fraud investigation

Jul 27, 2015 14:13 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Six people, one a financial adviser, have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected £4 million Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax evasion and money laundering fraud.

VAT fraudster who stole records from employer jailed

Jul 24, 2015 15:29 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A man who reclaimed £166,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments, using information he stole from his employer, has been jailed.

Record 500,000 people renew tax credits online

Jul 24, 2015 14:36 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) More than half a million people have renewed their tax credits online, 278,000 more than at the same time last year.

County Down businessman arrested in VAT fraud investigation

Jul 24, 2015 13:45 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A 44-year-old businessman has been arrested in connection with a suspected £30,000 VAT fraud, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

HMRC wins £29 million tax avoidance case

Jul 23, 2015 12:30 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has defeated an artificial tax avoidance scheme involving the Brain Disorders Research Limited Partnership and Neil Hockin (a partner), after the First-Tier Tribunal ruled against the users’ attempts to claim £29 million in tax relief. The investors claimed to have spent £122 million on research, when in fact only £7 million reached the genuine research company.