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Shisha shipping company director  sentenced for tax evasion

Shisha shipping company director sentenced for tax evasion

Press Releases   •   Feb 19, 2018 12:20 GMT

A London man, who evaded nearly £300,000 in tax importing a shipping container loaded with shisha tobacco, has been sentenced.

Flying tax fraudster grounded

Flying tax fraudster grounded

Press Releases   •   Feb 16, 2018 16:49 GMT

A serial fraudster, who lied about his disability and stole more than £280,000 VAT and benefits to pay for flying lessons, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years

Security company director under lock and key

Security company director under lock and key

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 16:22 GMT

The director of a Gloucester security services company, who stole almost half a million pounds in tax, has been jailed for three years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tax-Free Childcare opens to all parents with children under 12

Tax-Free Childcare opens to all parents with children under 12

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 00:01 GMT

From today, all working parents with children under 12 can apply for up to £2,000 of childcare support per child, per year.

HMRC asks retail bosses to enlist staff in the fight against the iTunes scam

HMRC asks retail bosses to enlist staff in the fight against the iTunes scam

Press Releases   •   Feb 10, 2018 00:01 GMT

HMRC has today written to the chief executives of major UK retailers, urging them to share details of a prolific scam with all their staff so that they can act as the last line of defence against fraudsters.

HMRC confirms location of Glasgow Regional Centre

HMRC confirms location of Glasgow Regional Centre

Press Releases   •   Feb 07, 2018 12:34 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has formally signed an agreement to lease a ten storey new build, at 1 Atlantic Square, Argyle Street in Glasgow, for 25 years. HMRC will be one of the largest employers in the city, adding value to the local economy and forming strong relationships with the community.

Fake accountant jailed for tax scam

Fake accountant jailed for tax scam

Press Releases   •   Feb 02, 2018 12:41 GMT

A Derby bookkeeper who pretended to be a fully qualified accountant to steal £143,957 through tax fraud, sending more than £100,000 of it to a woman he’d never met in Canada, has been jailed.

On-time Self Assessment returns breaks the record once again

On-time Self Assessment returns breaks the record once again

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2018 12:40 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has once again surpassed its record of completed tax returns with a huge 10.7 million customers submitting theirs before the 31 January deadline.

Chef jailed for using false identities  in £900,000 cigarette smuggling fraud

Chef jailed for using false identities in £900,000 cigarette smuggling fraud

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2018 12:40 GMT

A London woman who smuggled three million illicit cigarettes into the UK using false identities, has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Brass-necked scrap metal dealer jailed after £200,000 VAT fraud

Brass-necked scrap metal dealer jailed after £200,000 VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2018 13:20 GMT

A Scottish scrap metal dealer who failed to pay more than £200,000 of VAT he charged his customers, has been jailed for 18 months, after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

HMRC halts thousands of scam text messages as part of its fight against fraud

HMRC halts thousands of scam text messages as part of its fight against fraud

Press Releases   •   Jan 25, 2018 00:01 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs has stopped thousands of taxpayers from receiving scam text messages, with 90 percent of the most convincing texts now halted before they reach their phones.

A third of tax returns outstanding a week before the deadline

A third of tax returns outstanding a week before the deadline

Press Releases   •   Jan 24, 2018 00:01 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs has today announced just over three million customers are yet to complete their 2016 to 2017 returns with only one week to go before the 31 January deadline.

 £1m property VAT scam trio sentenced

£1m property VAT scam trio sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2018 13:39 GMT

Three tax fraudsters have been sentenced to a total of nearly 10 years in prison - two in their absence after they absconded - for their role in stealing almost £1 million in VAT repayments for building houses that never existed.

Cigarette smugglers’ scam in ashes

Cigarette smugglers’ scam in ashes

Press Releases   •   Jan 22, 2018 12:52 GMT

Three Londoners caught with a million illicit cigarettes, worth £310,000 in lost duty to the UK public purse, have been sentenced.

Practical support for businesses affected by Carillion liquidation

Practical support for businesses affected by Carillion liquidation

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2018 16:25 GMT

The Government understands that many businesses that were contracted to Carillion will be concerned about their ability to pay their tax. As part of its ongoing commitment to delivering support for businesses, HMRC will provide practical advice and guidance to those affected through its Business Payment Support Service (BPSS).

Aliens, vertigo, and a Glasgow nightclub included in this year’s expenses and excuses

Aliens, vertigo, and a Glasgow nightclub included in this year’s expenses and excuses

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2018 10:10 GMT

Every year, following the 31 January Self Assessment (SA) deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives a number of imaginative and intriguing excuses for not completing tax returns on time. Each year also sees some widely optimistic expense claims.

Mailbox cigarette smugglers delivered to jail

Mailbox cigarette smugglers delivered to jail

Press Releases   •   Jan 10, 2018 12:38 GMT

A pair of smugglers from London who used multiple mailbox delivery accounts to bring illegal cigarettes into the UK have been jailed for a total of nearly five years.

 Marketing consultant’s lies land him an 18 month sentence

Marketing consultant’s lies land him an 18 month sentence

Press Releases   •   Jan 09, 2018 11:49 GMT

A company director from Aberdare, who set up fake businesses and sent bogus invoices between them as he attempted to steal more than £140,000 in tax, has been jailed for 18 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Accountant and construction boss ordered to pay back £3.5 million

Accountant and construction boss ordered to pay back £3.5 million

Press Releases   •   Jan 08, 2018 12:18 GMT

Two Kent men who funded lavish lifestyles by tax fraud have been ordered to pay back more than £3.5 million within three months, or serve longer prison terms and still owe the money.

Food for thought as delivery boss sentenced

Food for thought as delivery boss sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jan 05, 2018 14:57 GMT

A company director who used his food delivery business to make £227,000 in false tax claims over ten years has been sentenced.