Subjects: Legal affairs
Prison time doubled for ‘most wanted’ tax criminal
One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives, who was caught and jailed for eight years last year, has had her sentence more than doubled for failing to repay the money she stole.
Sarah Panitzke, originally from York, played a leading role in a vast multi-million-pound VAT fraud and became one of the UK’s most wanted criminals after absconding during her trial in 2013.
The 48-year-old spent n
Crack your Easter childcare costs with tax-free top ups
With the Easter school holidays nearly here, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding families not to miss out on government help to pay for childcare.
HMRC publishes simplified VAT guidance for overseas sellers
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published simplified VAT guidance for overseas sellers, with a new translation aimed at Chinese retailers that sell goods online into the United Kingdom.
Taxpayers given more time for voluntary National Insurance contributions
The government has extended the voluntary National Insurance deadline to 31 July 2023 to give taxpayers more time to fill gaps in their National Insurance record and help increase the amount they receive in State Pension.
HMRC reminds businesses about new VAT penalties and interest payments ahead of filing deadline
HMRC is reminding VAT registered businesses to file their VAT returns and pay on time, ahead of new penalties being applied.
Two arrested as global bank probe gathers pace
Two men have been arrested as part of a multi-million-pound tax fraud investigation involving UK customers of a collapsed Puerto Rican bank.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers executed search warrants at three residential and business addresses in Liverpool and arrested two men, aged 40 and 50.
Computers and other digital devices were seized during the raids along with business record
Tax agency stopped from operating by HM Revenue and Customs
A company which charged taxpayers significant sums to make claims for tax refunds has been stopped from operating.
Tax Credits Ltd (TCL) can no longer trade as a repayment agent after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found they had committed serious anti-money laundering breaches.
As a result of breaching the regulations, which are predominately designed to prevent businesses being exploited by
405,420 families saved on childcare costs with Tax-Free Childcare
More than 405,000 families saved on childcare costs in December thanks to Tax-Free Childcare and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging those yet to sign up not to miss out.
Give the gift of Marriage Allowance on Valentine’s Day
Married couples are being urged to consider giving the gift of Marriage Allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner this Valentine’s Day, and save up to £252 a year.
More than 2.1 million couples currently benefit from Marriage Allowance, but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) estimates that thousands more couples are missing out because they don’t realise they may be eligible, particularly
Belfast workers urged to check their pay as 6,800 miss out on National Minimum Wage
People who work in Belfast are being encouraged to check that they are receiving the correct pay, after nearly 7,000 workers in the city were underpaid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) last year. This month HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is writing to more than 30,000 workers in the area to raise awareness and warn about mistakes employers may make with their pay.
Illegal alcohol factory dismantled in Staffordshire
An illegal alcohol factory capable of producing up to 150 bottles of fake vodka every hour has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in Staffordshire.
HMRC searched a commercial premises near Lichfield on February 1 and discovered the property was filled with counterfeit vodka and production machinery.
It’s estimated the factory was capable of evading £2.5million of excise duty ev
Boost your childcare budget this half term
As the February half term draws closer, families are being reminded that they can save up to £2,000 a year on childcare costs with Tax-Free Childcare.
More than 401,300 families used the scheme in September 2022 and benefitted from the government paying towards childcare costs.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging families to find out more about Tax-Free Childcare and check their e
A record 11.4 million tax returns received on time
A record 11.4 million customers submitted their tax returns on time, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed.
One week left to file for fewer than 3.4 million Self Assessment customers
With one week to go until the deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging fewer than 3.4 million customers to get their Self Assessment tax return done.
More than 12 million customers are expected to file a tax return for the 2021 to 2022 tax year and pay any tax owed by 31 January deadline. To date, almost 8.7 million customers have already filed their tax return.
Last year, more than
Five more tax avoidance schemes named by HMRC
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published the details of five further tax avoidance schemes, including three promoted by AML Tax (UK) Limited.
Last year AML Tax (UK) Ltd was fined £150,000 for failing to provide HMRC with legally required information as part of a tax investigation.
The five schemes all seek to disguise remuneration, something which HMRC classes as tax avoidance.
Illegal tobacco factory smashed
One of Scotland’s biggest ever illegal tobacco factories has been dismantled after a raid in West Lothian
Almost 65,000 customers use HMRC app to pay their Self Assessment bill
Almost 65,000 customers have paid their Self Assessment bills, totalling £67 million, via the HMRC app since April 2022, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed.
From pensioners to teenagers, HMRC reveals who files a tax return
HMRC has today revealed that more pensioners filed a tax return for the 2020 to 2021 tax year compared to young people.
Greater control for taxpayers using repayment agents
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is changing the way taxpayers who use a repayment agent can receive overpaid tax to protect them and raise standards among repayment agents.
Almost 5.7 million customers still to file their tax return
There is less than one month for around 5.7 million Self Assessment customers to file their tax return or they may face a penalty, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said.
More than 12 million customers are expected to file a tax return for the 2021 to 2022 tax year by 31 January 2023. HMRC has revealed that 129 customers submitted theirs on 1 January between 00:00 and 00:59, joining those customers