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Restaurant owner used stolen VAT money to pay school fees

Restaurant owner used stolen VAT money to pay school fees

Press releases   •   May 13, 2019 12:44 BST

The owner of a Surrey restaurant who used stolen VAT money to pay her children’s school fees has been jailed.

Millions raised from tax evading dog breeders

Millions raised from tax evading dog breeders

Press releases   •   May 05, 2019 00:01 BST

More than £5 million has been raised by a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforce tackling dishonest dog breeders selling pups on the black market.

Springtime tax scams target young and vulnerable, warns HMRC

Springtime tax scams target young and vulnerable, warns HMRC

Press releases   •   Apr 20, 2019 00:01 BST

Young adults who may have less experience of the tax system should be especially vigilant against springtime refund scams, warns HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Serial scammer behind bars after tax probe

Serial scammer behind bars after tax probe

Press releases   •   Apr 15, 2019 09:24 BST

A serial fraudster has been jailed for four years and nine months after repaying a tax fraud debt with money stolen in another scam.

Former Top Gear mechanic jailed for helping £1m tax fraudsters flee to Spain

Former Top Gear mechanic jailed for helping £1m tax fraudsters flee to Spain

Press releases   •   Apr 12, 2019 11:43 BST

A former Top Gear mechanic who helped father and son tax cheats escape from the UK has been jailed.

Furniture boss jailed for £150k VAT scam

Furniture boss jailed for £150k VAT scam

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2019 11:01 BST

A discount furniture store boss has been jailed for a scam that cheated taxpayers out of more than £150,000.

HMRC extends deadline for £8 million of customs training funding

HMRC extends deadline for £8 million of customs training funding

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2019 09:32 BST

Today, HM Revenue and Customs announced that the deadline for applications for an £8 million government initiative to help businesses prepare for EU Exit has been extended to 31 May 2019. This will enable more businesses to benefit from the investment available and provide more time for applications.

HMRC urges loan scheme users to come forward now

HMRC urges loan scheme users to come forward now

Press releases   •   Apr 03, 2019 12:00 BST

HMRC is encouraging users of disguised remuneration (DR) schemes to come forward to settle their tax debt by 5 April.

HMRC plays winning hand over tax fraudster poker champ

HMRC plays winning hand over tax fraudster poker champ

News   •   Apr 03, 2019 11:24 BST

A poker champion has been stripped of tournament prize-money for a second time to repay money he stole in a tax fraud.

New digital tax system to give over 1 million businesses more financial control

New digital tax system to give over 1 million businesses more financial control

Press releases   •   Apr 01, 2019 00:01 BST

From today, the government’s major Making Tax Digital programme becomes law for over one million VAT registered businesses earning over £85,000.

Five arrested as part of £12m VAT fraud and money laundering investigation

Five arrested as part of £12m VAT fraud and money laundering investigation

Press releases   •   Mar 28, 2019 16:14 GMT

Five people have been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing joint investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Police Scotland into alleged money laundering and VAT fraud worth £12 million.

Seven million cigarette smuggling plot smashed

Seven million cigarette smuggling plot smashed

Press releases   •   Mar 27, 2019 09:39 GMT

A lorry driver has been jailed after he was caught smuggling more than seven million illegal cigarettes disguised as windows into the UK.

HMRC wins £40 million battle against tax avoidance promoters
One week to go until HMRC makes tax digital for VAT

One week to go until HMRC makes tax digital for VAT

Press releases   •   Mar 25, 2019 00:01 GMT

There is just one week to go until Making Tax Digital for VAT is introduced for more than a million businesses.

Financial Secretary meets HMRC’s elite crime fighters

Financial Secretary meets HMRC’s elite crime fighters

Press releases   •   Mar 19, 2019 13:03 GMT

​The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, has underscored his commitment for the UK to lead the fight against organised tax fraud and evasion in a visit to HMRC’s fraud investigation and intelligence teams on 14 March.

Music tuner’s VAT fraud falls flat

Music tuner’s VAT fraud falls flat

Press releases   •   Mar 07, 2019 13:46 GMT

A Somerset company boss, who fraudulently reclaimed more than £230,000 of VAT, has been jailed for two years after a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Jailed drug dealer in £1million payback

Jailed drug dealer in £1million payback

Press releases   •   Mar 05, 2019 16:09 GMT

A jailed Blackburn drug dealer and money launderer is being stripped of almost £1 million to repay his crimes.

Estate agents targeted in money laundering crackdown

Estate agents targeted in money laundering crackdown

Press releases   •   Mar 04, 2019 11:34 GMT

Estate agents have been hit with unannounced inspections as part of a week-long crackdown on money laundering in the property industry, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed.

HMRC warns of landline scams threatening households

HMRC warns of landline scams threatening households

Press releases   •   Mar 02, 2019 00:01 GMT

Households with a landline number should be vigilant of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be the taxman, warns HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

VAT fraudster fails to dodge justice with forged hospital report

VAT fraudster fails to dodge justice with forged hospital report

Press releases   •   Mar 01, 2019 11:20 GMT

A crooked accountant who tried to escape justice by forging a medical report from a Cypriot hospital has been jailed for a £400,000 VAT scam.