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Tax credit renewal – one week to go

Tax credit renewal – one week to go

Press Releases   •   Jul 24, 2017 00:01 BST

With just one week to go until the 31 July tax credit renewal deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging the 960,000 customers that are still to renew to do it now – or risk having their payments stopped.

Fake vodka factory found in Liverpool

Fake vodka factory found in Liverpool

Press Releases   •   Jul 20, 2017 18:11 BST

An illegal alcohol factory, producing potentially toxic vodka, has been found in an industrial unit in Aintree.

‘Brain disorder research’ scheme guilty of tax avoidance

‘Brain disorder research’ scheme guilty of tax avoidance

Press Releases   •   Jul 20, 2017 12:57 BST

HM Revenue and Customs has won a legal battle against a tax avoidance scheme, which claimed £122 million was spent on research into brain disorders, when only £7 million of it reached a genuine research company.

Air filter cigarette smuggler jailed

Air filter cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Jul 17, 2017 12:22 BST

A lorry driver, who smuggled more than nine million cigarettes into the UK hidden inside air filter units, evading £2.5 million in duty, has been jailed for three years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Payment policy nets more than £4bn from tax avoiders

Payment policy nets more than £4bn from tax avoiders

Press Releases   •   Jul 17, 2017 09:51 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has collected more than £4 billion through the ‘pay now, dispute later’ rules for people who have used a tax avoidance scheme.

Tax fraudsters sentenced for £46m wine scam

Tax fraudsters sentenced for £46m wine scam

Press Releases   •   Jul 14, 2017 16:43 BST

A pair of London fraudsters, who evaded £46.5 million in tax by smuggling wine into the UK, have been sentenced for a total of 17.5 years.

Tax fugitive Geoffrey Johnson caught and jailed

Tax fugitive Geoffrey Johnson caught and jailed

Press Releases   •   Jul 13, 2017 17:42 BST

One of Britain’s most wanted tax fugitives, the man at the centre of a vast, multi-million pound tax fraud, who fled the UK in July 2014 to avoid prison, has been deported from Dubai after being caught travelling with a fake British passport.

Improved customer service and record-breaking crack-down on avoidance, evasion and non-compliance

Improved customer service and record-breaking crack-down on avoidance, evasion and non-compliance

Press Releases   •   Jul 13, 2017 16:47 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today published its 2016-17 annual report.

Arrests in suspected £2.9m tax fraud

Arrests in suspected £2.9m tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Jul 12, 2017 08:30 BST

Two people from Cheadle Hulme have been arrested during morning raids as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected tax fraud estimated to be in excess of £2.9 million.

Online auction seller sentenced for £320k VAT fraud

Online auction seller sentenced for £320k VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Jul 10, 2017 13:51 BST

A Cottingham man who hid online auction sales worth more than £2.6 million from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been sentenced.

Fisheries director netted in tax fraud investigation

Fisheries director netted in tax fraud investigation

Press Releases   •   Jul 07, 2017 12:29 BST

A 49-year-old Anstruther businessman, who faked paperwork to steal almost £490,000 in tax refunds he was not entitled to, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators uncovered his VAT fraud.

Gambling accountant jailed for tax fraud

Gambling accountant jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Jul 07, 2017 11:28 BST

A trained accountant, who fraudulently claimed more than £82,000 VAT refunds to fuel his gambling and drug addiction, has been jailed.

Data theft fraudsters jailed for attempted £10.2m tax credits scam

Data theft fraudsters jailed for attempted £10.2m tax credits scam

Press Releases   •   Jul 06, 2017 18:04 BST

Two members of an organised crime group, who attempted to claim £10.2 million in tax credits using stolen identities of public sector employees, have been jailed for eight years and nine months after a complex criminal investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Two women received suspended prison sentences.

Tobacco seized in North West

Tobacco seized in North West

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2017 15:36 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Greater Manchester and Merseyside uncovered nearly two million cigarettes and more than 80 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit.

Illegal tobacco traders to repay £175k

Illegal tobacco traders to repay £175k

Press Releases   •   Jul 04, 2017 08:00 BST

Three Lancashire men, who were jailed last year for their part in a £16 million illegal tobacco fraud, have been ordered to repay more than £175,000 or serve extra time in jail.

It’s a wrap for film tax fraudsters ordered to pay back £2m

It’s a wrap for film tax fraudsters ordered to pay back £2m

Press Releases   •   Jun 30, 2017 18:17 BST

An accountant, two film producers and an independent financial advisor, who were jailed with three others for more than 36 years for committing a £2.2 million tax fraud, have been ordered to pay back more than £2 million of their criminal profits or face a further ten years in jail.

Tax credits advisor sentenced for fraud

Tax credits advisor sentenced for fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 30, 2017 13:42 BST

An ex-HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employee from Dudley, who lied on her tax credits claims to steal more than £56,000, has been sentenced.

Dover cigarettes and tobacco smugglers jailed

Dover cigarettes and tobacco smugglers jailed

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2017 18:37 BST

Two lorry drivers who smuggled cigarettes and tobacco into the UK have been jailed for a total of four years, after investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Eight arrests in fuel fraud raids

Eight arrests in fuel fraud raids

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2017 16:51 BST

Eight men have been arrested and a large amount of toxic waste removed, as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £3 million fuel laundering fraud.

Former company bosses charged with tax fraud

Former company bosses charged with tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2017 15:44 BST

Five former directors of a printing company have been charged with tax fraud.