Press Releases

550,000 litres of alcohol seized in Port of Dover operation

Jun 30, 2015 11:04 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A six-week crackdown has resulted in more than 550,000 litres of beer, wine and spirits being seized, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today.

Belfast builder jailed for tax fraud

Jun 26, 2015 12:23 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 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).

Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Bolton

Jun 26, 2015 08:41 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Bolton uncovered more than 53,000 illegal cigarettes and over 223 litres of spirits.

HMRC acts to improve customer service

Jun 25, 2015 13:06 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) HMRC allocates £45 million to help improve phone and post service HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today announced it is allocating £45 million to improve customer service, as it released statistics which showed an inconsistent call handling performance in 2014-15.

Ten arrested in suspected £4m tax fraud investigation

Jun 25, 2015 12:00 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Ten people have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers as part of a nationwide investigation into a suspected £4 million VAT and money laundering fraud linked to the transport industry.

Break-in exposes bootleg tobacco hoard

Jun 24, 2015 15:51 BST HM Revenue & 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).

HMRC wins millions from P&O in rate-booster tax avoidance case

Jun 24, 2015 11:34 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) HMRC has won a major tax avoidance case against P&O Steam Navigation Company Ltd, after the Upper Tribunal confirmed that the company’s ‘rate-booster’ scheme did not work. Double taxation relief of £14 million has been protected in this instance, with a further £140 million likely from around 20 similar cases.

Co Down plasterers jailed for VAT fraud

Jun 24, 2015 11:02 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Two Co Down men who used 747 fake invoices to steal almost £300,000 in fraudulent VAT claims have been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by two years probation.

Buddha’s statues hid secret smuggling stash

Jun 19, 2015 16:29 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A furniture importer from Brighton who allowed hollow statues of the religious icon Buddha to be used to smuggle more than 100,000 illicit cigarettes into the UK has been sentenced today.

One million people renew their tax credits

Jun 18, 2015 16:19 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Thousands of people have already used the tax credit online renewal service in the early hours of the morning, new statistics reveal today.