Edinburgh Regional Centre formally opens
HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Edinburgh Regional Centre and UK Government hub was formally opened today (1 September 2022) by Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack MP.
Fraud charge authorised against Bernard Charles Ecclestone
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised the charging of Bernard Charles Ecclestone with fraud by false representation, following a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Simon York, Director, Fraud Investigation Service (FIS), HMRC, said: “We can confirm that a fraud by false representation charge has been authorised against Bernard Ecclestone. This follows a complex and worldw
Leeds Regional Centre formally opens
HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Leeds Regional Centre and UK Government hub has been formally opened by Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary.
The state-of-the-art building at 7&8 Wellington Place, in the heart of Leeds city centre, will be home to around 7,500 full-time equivalent (FTE) civil servants, including more than 4,000 from HMRC and Valuatio
HMRC formally opens Birmingham Regional Centre
HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Birmingham Regional Centre and UK Government hub has been formally opened by Jim Harra, HMRC’s First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive.
Jailed pensioner who trafficked fighter jet parts to Iran ordered to pay £700k
A jailed pensioner who trafficked fighter jet parts to Iran in shipments he claimed were goggles, wheelbarrows and gloves, has been ordered to pay back £700,000.
Retired company boss Alexander George, 80, of Long Ashton, Bristol, was jailed in 2018 for shipping military items to Iran, including MiG 29 and US F4 Phantom parts, following an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Glasgow Regional Centre formally opens
HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Glasgow Regional Centre and UK Government hub was formally opened by Jim Harra, HMRC’s First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive on 6 June 2022. The state-of-the-art building at 1 Atlantic Square, which also accommodates the Cabinet Office’s second Headquarters, is currently home to about 2,600 HMRC and around 270 Cabinet Office full time equivalent (FTE) roles.
New powers introduced as HMRC targets till fraud
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers visited businesses across the country and arrested 3 people in a day of action after new powers were introduced in the fight against till fraud.
HMRC Liverpool Regional Centre formally opens
HMRC Regional Centre and Government Hub in India Buildings, Liverpool, was formally opened.
Stratford Regional Centre formally opens
HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) regional centre and Government hub at 14 Westfield Avenue, Stratford was formally opened by Chief Executive Jim Harra on Wednesday (4 May 2022).
UK to revoke Moscow Stock Exchange's recognised status
The UK’s tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has today (19 April 2022) announced its intention to revoke the Moscow Stock Exchange’s (MOEX) status as a recognised stock exchange. This means investors will not be able to access certain UK tax benefits in future when trading securities on MOEX, although existing investments will be protected.
£17 million scrap metal fraudsters jailed
A gang that stole £17 million in a ‘missing trader’ VAT fraud have been jailed for a total of 12 years.
HMRC returns looted ancient statue to Libya
A 2,500-year-old statue that was smuggled into the UK and seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been returned to the Libyan Government.
Three sentenced for roles in £6.1m money laundering scheme
Three men have been sentenced to 15 years in jail following a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a £6.1 million money laundering scheme.
‘Most wanted’ HMRC tax fugitive caught
One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives has been caught while walking her dogs in Spain. Sarah Panitzke, originally from York, was arrested in an operation led by the Spanish Guardia Civil, working alongside HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Plain clothes officers approached the 47-year-old as she walked her two dogs in the small town of Santa Barbara near the Catalan coast on Sunday morning.
Removal man jailed for cigarette smuggling
Thomas Coulton, 42, has been jailed for two and a half years after an investigation by HMRC. Coulton owns the Heysham, Lancashire-based Tommy’s Removals and Storage company. He smuggled two million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK, evading duty of £615,805.
HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders
More than £1 billion has been recovered from the proceeds of crime and tax offenders since the formation of a specialist HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fraud squad five years ago. Launched in April 2016, the department’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) has now recovered assets equivalent to funding around 20,000 NHS nurses for an entire year.
HMRC presents 400-year-old documents to National Archives
Over 300 historic documents, dating from 1612 all the way to 1950, will be transferred from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to The National Archives to be preserved for the nation.
£36m cigarette gang caught after encrypted messages cracked
Two men who smuggled 117 million cigarettes into the UK have been jailed for more than 14 years after their encrypted messages were accessed by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). They were caught using data from Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted comms platform EncroChat.
Tobacco trio jailed for £1.5m scam
A trio of tobacco fraudsters that attempted to flood the UK with millions of illegal cigarettes, have been jailed for a total of eight and-a-half years.
HMRC to move to Pilgrim’s Quarter in Newcastle city centre
Newcastle’s Pilgrim’s Quarter, part of the Pilgrim Street development, is set to become the new home for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the North East.
Part of the Government Hub network, HMRC’s state-of-the-art regional centre will be based at the new development and will accommodate approximately 9,000 staff from HMRC.
The Newcastle building will be the largest of HMRC’s 13 regional c