Press Releases

Tax avoidance demands top £250m

Oct 21, 2014 12:32 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) HM Revenue and Customs has sent notices to tax avoidance scheme users to pay over £250 million of disputed tax under the Accelerated Payments regime introduced in this year’s Finance Act.

Bankrupt barrister behind bars for tax fraud

Oct 20, 2014 13:52 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) An Oxfordshire barrister, who failed to declare his earnings or pay Income Tax, National Insurance and VAT following his bankruptcy in 2008, has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to a £274,000 tax fraud.

Gone phishing – 75,000 fake tax refund emails reported

Oct 20, 2014 10:51 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 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.

HMRC publishes 2012-13 tax gap

Oct 16, 2014 12:26 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) The tax gap, which is the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount collected, was 6.8% of tax liabilities, or £34 billion, in 2012-13.

Taxman’s warning on paper tax returns

Oct 15, 2014 12:57 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning people who have to complete a 2013/14 tax return that paper returns received after the 31 October deadline will result in a £100 penalty.

Essex charity conman sentenced

Oct 10, 2014 13:51 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 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).

Man arrested in VAT fraud crackdown

Oct 08, 2014 15:10 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A Kinmel Bay man has been arrested, marking the start of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforce tackling VAT evasion in north-west England and north Wales.

End of the line for £2.5 million rail fraudsters

Oct 08, 2014 14:00 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Two Essex businessmen who evaded £2.5 million in Corporation Tax and VAT in a fraud linked to the supply of labour to the railway industry have been jailed for 10 years, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Fourteen arrested in suspected £40m money laundering plot

Oct 08, 2014 09:54 BST HM Revenue & 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.

University brought to book over tax avoidance

Oct 03, 2014 10:28 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 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.