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Beating the tax cheats – HMRC’s criminal case highlights of 2016

Beating the tax cheats – HMRC’s criminal case highlights of 2016

Press Releases   •   Jan 07, 2017 00:01 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today revealed its top ten most significant fraud and organised crime cases of the last year.

 Would-be movie moguls guilty of running £100 million tax avoidance scam

Would-be movie moguls guilty of running £100 million tax avoidance scam

Press Releases   •   Jun 03, 2016 16:00 BST

Four men have been found guilty of promoting and operating a fraudulent tax avoidance scheme, to defraud taxpayers out of £100 million. The men falsely claimed to have invested £275 million into film projects then used offshore companies to cover their tracks, but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) exposed it as a scam.

HMRC taskforces raise more than half a billion

HMRC taskforces raise more than half a billion

Press Releases   •   May 26, 2016 10:04 BST

HMRC taskforces have recovered more than £500 million since they were launched five years ago.

Bank of Ireland lose £27m tax avoidance case

Bank of Ireland lose £27m tax avoidance case

Press Releases   •   May 10, 2016 11:33 BST

The Bank of Ireland has lost a £27m tax avoidance case after trying to exploit a loophole that did not exist.

Offshore win nets £365 million in billion pound week for HMRC
UK tax gap falls to 6.4 per cent

UK tax gap falls to 6.4 per cent

Press Releases   •   Oct 22, 2015 09:30 BST

The tax gap for 2013-14 was 6.4 per cent of tax due, continuing a long-term downward trend, reflecting that HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) approach is delivering steady and sustained progress.

High risk promoters of tax avoidance face government clampdown

High risk promoters of tax avoidance face government clampdown

Press Releases   •   Mar 07, 2015 10:00 GMT

Today the government is taking further tough action to crack down on tax avoidance promoters.

HMRC publishes 2012-13 tax gap

HMRC publishes 2012-13 tax gap

Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2014 12:26 BST

The tax gap, which is the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount collected, was 6.8% of tax liabilities, or £34 billion, in 2012-13.

No immunity from tax for vaccine avoidance scheme

No immunity from tax for vaccine avoidance scheme

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2014 11:00 BST

A tax avoidance scheme which abused the reliefs offered for research into life-saving vaccines to claim back £77 million in tax has been rejected again by a tribunal.

Pay up time for offshore loan schemes

Pay up time for offshore loan schemes

Press Releases   •   Jul 24, 2014 10:32 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today giving around 16,000 tax avoidance scheme users the opportunity to pay the tax they owe or risk facing bigger tax bills and heavy legal costs.

Court rejects bid to block stamp duty avoidance crackdown

Court rejects bid to block stamp duty avoidance crackdown

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2014 09:56 BST

The High Court has thrown out an attempt to challenge legislation introduced to tackle Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) avoidance.

Tribunal ruling halts charity tax relief abuse

Tribunal ruling halts charity tax relief abuse

Press Releases   •   May 16, 2014 10:59 BST

Another attempted abuse of the tax relief available when shares are gifted to charities has been blocked by a tribunal.

Tax avoidance scheme could double brewer’s bill

Tax avoidance scheme could double brewer’s bill

Press Releases   •   Apr 28, 2014 14:53 BST

A tax avoidance scheme designed to make taxable interest payments disappear has been blocked for the second time by a tax tribunal.

NT Advisors loses £100m offshore tax avoidance bid

NT Advisors loses £100m offshore tax avoidance bid

Press Releases   •   Jan 30, 2014 15:18 GMT

A tax avoidance scheme sold by serial avoidance promoter NT Advisors has lost its third bid for legitimacy, saving the country £100 million.

HMRC wins employment income avoidance case

HMRC wins employment income avoidance case

Press Releases   •   Dec 09, 2013 12:40 GMT

A tax tribunal ruling against an income tax avoidance scheme is expected to protect up to £400 million in tax that would otherwise not have been paid.

Bonus scheme stopped by tax tribunal

Bonus scheme stopped by tax tribunal

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2013 11:40 BST

A tax tribunal has ruled that PAYE tax and National Insurance Contributions should have been paid on bonuses given to directors through companies which were specially set up just to be liquidated and pay out the cash.

Tax barrister beaten in court

Tax barrister beaten in court

Press Releases   •   Apr 12, 2013 09:39 BST

A top tax barrister who designed his own tax avoidance scheme and defended it in court against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has lost his attempt to avoid paying £190,000 in tax.

Medical research tax avoidance scheme rejected by court

Medical research tax avoidance scheme rejected by court

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2013 10:35 GMT

A tax avoidance scheme, designed to abuse rules set up to encourage genuine medical research, has been successfully challenged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in court.