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Arrests in suspected £2.9m tax fraud

Press Release   •   Jul 12, 2017 08:30 BST

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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.

On Tuesday (11 July), officers from HMRC searched a residential address in Cheadle Hulme and a business premises in Manchester. Cash, computers, business and personal records were seized during the operation.

The arrests were made as a result of an investigation into the tax arrangements for a couple who are suspected of under declaring their true personal income and business affairs.

Paul Maybury, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

"The vast majority of taxpayers pay the tax they owe, but where we suspect people aren’t doing that we will not hesitate to use the full range of our powers to investigate and recover any revenue losses quickly and effectively.

“Individuals who attempt to hide their true income should know they face prosecution. If anyone has information about tax fraud, we encourage them to contact us on 0800 788 887.”

One man and one woman were arrested and have been interviewed and released pending further enquiries.

Notes for editors

1.Details of arrests made on Tuesday 11 July 2017:

-man, aged 50

-woman, 37

2.One residential address in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, and one business address in Manchester were searched during the HMRC operation.

3.Anyone with information regarding fraud can contact the new HMRC Fraud hotline on 0800 788 887 or report it online via: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/reportingfraud/online.htm

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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.