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Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2018 11:37 BST

The tax gap for 2016/17 is 5.7%, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed today.

Fridge gang sent to the cooler for £12 million tobacco smuggling fraud

Fridge gang sent to the cooler for £12 million tobacco smuggling fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2018 11:01 BST

A gang who smuggled illegal tobacco hidden inside fridges, microwaves and vacuum cleaners to evade £12 million in tax, have been jailed for a total of 21 years and five months.

Solihull online tax cheat jailed

Solihull online tax cheat jailed

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2018 10:18 BST

A West Midlands fraudster who paid no tax on the profit from his £3 million online business has been jailed for two years for evading £500,000 of tax.

Tobacco fraud stubbed out as shopkeeper sentenced

Tobacco fraud stubbed out as shopkeeper sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2018 16:45 BST

A Ballymena shopkeeper, who hid illicit tobacco under the floor boards of his store and thousands of pounds of cash in his shoes, has been sentenced for excise fraud.

 Tax cheat teacher blew stolen tax cash on gambling and Leeds United

Tax cheat teacher blew stolen tax cash on gambling and Leeds United

Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2018 12:31 BST

A teacher who stole £100,000 of tax repayments to spend on gambling, golfing and Leeds Utd football matches has been handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Man charged after seizure of 3.6 million cigarettes

Man charged after seizure of 3.6 million cigarettes

Press Releases   •   Jun 05, 2018 10:45 BST

A 58-year-old man has been charged after an estimated 3.6 million suspected illicit cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the Gartcosh area.

Former police officer jailed and ex-rugby star sentenced in Formula 1 film tax scam

Former police officer jailed and ex-rugby star sentenced in Formula 1 film tax scam

Press Releases   •   Jun 04, 2018 18:14 BST

A former police officer, financial adviser and a City trader have been jailed for a total of eight years for a £2.4 million tax scam after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

HMRC saves public £2.4M by stopping fraudsters

HMRC saves public £2.4M by stopping fraudsters

Press Releases   •   Jun 02, 2018 00:01 BST

HMRC has revealed today that it has saved the public over £2.4m by tackling fraudsters that trick the public into using premium rate phone numbers for services that HMRC provide for free.

Fugitive tobacco fraudster behind bars

Fugitive tobacco fraudster behind bars

Press Releases   •   Jun 01, 2018 13:37 BST

One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives, who spent more than 11 years on the run and owes more than £53 million, is finally behind bars after he was caught in Canada.

Crime duo jailed for running tobacco factory

Crime duo jailed for running tobacco factory

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2018 15:47 BST

Two men have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) dismantled a tobacco factory that could have swamped the UK with millions of illicit cigarettes.

Flying and ferry fleeing fugitives grounded over £1m VAT scam

Flying and ferry fleeing fugitives grounded over £1m VAT scam

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2018 13:53 BST

Father and son tax fugitives are finally behind bars after being captured in Spain and extradited to the UK.

Little silver book brought down £16m tobacco tax fraudsters

Little silver book brought down £16m tobacco tax fraudsters

Press Releases   •   May 23, 2018 13:30 BST

A silver notebook helped HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) smash a North West illegal cigarette network that evaded more than £16 million in tax. Nine members of the criminal network have now been jailed for a total of nearly 22 years after the last one, John Swanick, was today sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars.

Problem solved, as recycling consultant jailed for tax fraud

Problem solved, as recycling consultant jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 14, 2018 12:17 BST

An Ayrshire recycling consultant, who stole more than £300,000 in tax, has been jailed after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tobacco smuggling gang leader behind bars

Tobacco smuggling gang leader behind bars

Press Releases   •   May 11, 2018 16:31 BST

A Leeds fraudster, who led a six-man tobacco smuggling gang in a conspiracy to put millions of illegal cigarettes on the streets, has been jailed for seven years.

Two arrests in suspected £12m tax fraud

Two arrests in suspected £12m tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 10, 2018 11:53 BST

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £12 million VAT fraud.

HMRC doubles number of workers receiving back pay by enforcing the National Minimum Wage

HMRC doubles number of workers receiving back pay by enforcing the National Minimum Wage

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 12:29 BST

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has more than doubled the number of underpaid workers getting the money they’re owed under the National Minimum Wage, according to latest figures.

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Working at the car wash didn't pay for fraudster caught in HMRC blitz

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 10:27 BST

A car wash owner who failed to pay £100,000 duty on more than 400,000 cigarettes has been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

HMRC warns on tax refund scams

HMRC warns on tax refund scams

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 09:50 BST

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.

‘Completion date’ for County Down property developer sentenced for tax fraud

‘Completion date’ for County Down property developer sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 08, 2018 16:12 BST

A County Down businessman, who stole more than £422,000 in tax, has been sentenced.

Scunthorpe man jailed for role in scrap scam

Scunthorpe man jailed for role in scrap scam

Press Releases   •   May 04, 2018 14:32 BST

A man has been jailed for handling £360,000 in illegal cash payments for the sale of scrap metal.