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Curry house conman sentenced for £117,000 takeaway

Curry house conman sentenced for £117,000 takeaway

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2017 13:16 GMT

An Indian restaurant owner who lined his pockets by stealing the VAT he charged his customers for takeaway meals, has been sentenced.

Billion pound win for UK taxpayers

Billion pound win for UK taxpayers

Press Releases   •   Nov 15, 2017 14:45 GMT

The Supreme Court today ruled against users of a failed tax avoidance film partnership scheme which tried to use legitimate investment in the film industry as a hook for tax avoidance.

Six jailed for total of 45 years as HMRC smashes £100m fraud

Six jailed for total of 45 years as HMRC smashes £100m fraud

Press Releases   •   Nov 10, 2017 16:31 GMT

Six members of a crime group have been jailed for a £107.9 million fraud in one of the UK’s biggest tax crimes.

Payback time for Dorset tax fraudster

Payback time for Dorset tax fraudster

Press Releases   •   Nov 07, 2017 12:46 GMT

A Christchurch builder, who evaded more than £128,000 in tax, has been ordered to repay criminal profits of £141,453 within three months, or remain in prison for a further 18 months and still owe the money.

‘Parasite’ tax adviser jailed for £150,000 fraud

‘Parasite’ tax adviser jailed for £150,000 fraud

Press Releases   •   Nov 06, 2017 14:26 GMT

A self-styled tax adviser, who had no accounting qualifications, was branded a ‘parasite’ by a judge sentencing him to four and a half years’ in jail for committing a £150,000 tax fraud while living in Spain.

Six arrested in £17m money laundering raids

Six arrested in £17m money laundering raids

Press Releases   •   Nov 06, 2017 11:39 GMT

Five men and one woman have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £17 million money laundering operation.

The ‘spy’ who stole £1.6m tax

The ‘spy’ who stole £1.6m tax

Press Releases   •   Nov 02, 2017 09:27 GMT

A company director, who stole more than £1.6 million in tax while pretending to be a spy to hide his life of crime, has been jailed.

Tax Facts training for Welsh teachers launched

Tax Facts training for Welsh teachers launched

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2017 19:40 GMT

For the first time, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has joined with a university to enable trainee teachers to deliver a programme on the facts of tax to local school children.

Tobacco and alcohol seized in north Wales

Tobacco and alcohol seized in north Wales

Press Releases   •   Oct 30, 2017 13:34 GMT

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol across north Wales has uncovered more than 440,000 cigarettes, 169 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 2,700 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.

Taking a tax avoidance Liberty

Taking a tax avoidance Liberty

Press Releases   •   Oct 21, 2017 00:01 BST

HM Revenue and Customs has defeated a tax avoidance scheme used by the wealthy to reduce their tax bills, which the department expects to protect £325 million in unpaid tax.

Tax fiddler on the roof jailed

Tax fiddler on the roof jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 12:28 BST

A self-employed Kent roofer, who stole £88,000 through VAT fraud and evaded more than £14,000 in Income Tax, has been jailed for 20 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Former escort agency owner jailed for tax and benefit fraud

Former escort agency owner jailed for tax and benefit fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2017 11:47 BST

Janine Adeleke, a mother-of-five, who lied about earning hundreds of thousands of pounds from her ‘London’ escort agency so that she could evade paying tax and claim state benefits, has been jailed for three years. It can now be reported that this was a retrial.

Getting to the root of tax avoidance

Getting to the root of tax avoidance

Press Releases   •   Oct 14, 2017 00:01 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has won a landmark case against a tax avoidance scheme promoter that could lead to the recovery of £110 million.

Airport parking boss jailed for tax fraud

Airport parking boss jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 13, 2017 19:12 BST

The boss of a Manchester parking company has been jailed for stealing more than £466,000 of his employees’ tax payments after a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation uncovered his fraud.

Tobacco smuggler brought to book

Tobacco smuggler brought to book

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2017 12:13 BST

A lorry driver who smuggled more than a tonne of hand-rolling tobacco into the UK, hidden within a legitimate load of school books, has been jailed for 21 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

 HMRC prevents one million visits to scam websites

HMRC prevents one million visits to scam websites

Press Releases   •   Oct 07, 2017 00:01 BST

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has averted over a million visits to deceptive websites, including those which promote misleading and costly helpline numbers, it announced today.

Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and fake vodka factory

Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and fake vodka factory

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2017 17:04 BST

Five men have been arrested in Liverpool during raids linked to a suspected £100,000 tax fraud involving smuggled cigarettes, an illegal vodka factory and tax credits fraud.

Ten arrested in suspected £35m money laundering and tax fraud raids

Ten arrested in suspected £35m money laundering and tax fraud raids

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2017 15:41 BST

Seven men and three women have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £35 million pound tax fraud and money laundering.

Catering business gang served up a £240k fraud

Catering business gang served up a £240k fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 05, 2017 13:17 BST

The mastermind of a six-strong gang that laundered £240,000 by setting up a fake catering business, has been jailed for three and a half years.

Extradited cigarette smuggler jailed

Extradited cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 04, 2017 14:45 BST

A lorry driver, who fled the UK after he was caught smuggling 1.8 million cigarettes into Dover, is now behind bars for two years after an investigation and extradition led by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).