Press Releases

‘Man in pub’ claim no defence for fraudster

Nov 27, 2015 17:54 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A Rochdale man, who tried to blame a ‘man in the pub’ for his illegal cigarette hoard in a £57,000 tax fraud, has been jailed for 12 months.

British businessman gets jail time for tax fraud

Nov 27, 2015 15:26 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A British businessman and former owner of Croydon Athletic Football Club has been jailed for two years for failing to declare and pay tax on income he received from his multi-million pound property portfolio.

Net closes in on offshore tax cheats

Nov 27, 2015 10:02 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, today launched a campaign warning offshore tax evaders that HMRC will start to receive details on UK taxpayers from more than 90 countries, under new global agreements championed by the UK.

Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Somerset

Nov 20, 2015 14:12 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Somerset led to the arrest of one man, and uncovered more than 45,000 cigarettes and over 80 litres of spirits.

Two jailed in tobacco trading fraud

Nov 17, 2015 14:38 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Two men, who were caught red-handed trading in smuggled, counterfeit tobacco have been jailed, after they were investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

London conveyancer jailed for stamp duty fraud

Nov 16, 2015 16:36 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A conveyancer from Harrow, who swindled his clients and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) out of almost £352,500 in stamp duty land tax, was jailed for three years and four months on Friday (13 November).

Escort agency fraudster jailed for tax and benefit fraud

Nov 13, 2015 13:55 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A mother-of-five, who hid the £650,000 income she earned from her London-based escort agency so that she could avoid paying tax and claim state benefits, has been jailed today.

HMRC announces next step in its ten-year modernisation programme to become a tax authority fit for the future

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) HMRC has today announced the next step in its ten-year modernisation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future, committing to high-quality jobs and the creation of 13 new regional centres over the next five years, serving every nation and region in the UK.

Martial Arts tax fraudsters caged

Nov 06, 2015 16:00 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Five men, who were part of a seven-strong gang that tried to steal more than £1 million in tax by setting up sham companies they claimed traded in television broadcasting rights for cage fighting events, have been jailed for a total of almost 19 years.

Cigarette smuggler’s plan goes pear-shaped

Nov 06, 2015 11:21 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A lorry driver who smuggled more than 147 million cigarettes, worth an estimated £32 million in lost duty, into the UK hidden behind crates of rotting pears, has been jailed for almost seven years.