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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.

Five sentenced in four million cigarette smuggling plot

Five sentenced in four million cigarette smuggling plot

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2016 11:39 GMT

A crime gang, who attempted to smuggle almost four million illegal cigarettes into the UK, worth an estimated £950,000 in lost duty and taxes, has been sentenced.

Smuggled cigarettes land Ripley man in jail

Smuggled cigarettes land Ripley man in jail

Press Releases   •   Sep 14, 2016 15:59 BST

A Derbyshire man, who was caught red-handed unloading more than eight million cigarettes from a shipping container that was supposed to be carrying tables and chairs, has been jailed for four years.

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.

Two jailed for smuggling 2.7m cigarettes

Two jailed for smuggling 2.7m cigarettes

Press Releases   •   May 18, 2016 12:54 BST

Two men have been jailed after they were caught red-handed using a Hampshire barn to store more than 2.7 million smuggled cigarettes, evading around £660,000 in excise duty.

Jail for tax-cheating takeaway boss

Jail for tax-cheating takeaway boss

Press Releases   •   Mar 18, 2016 15:18 GMT

A Leicestershire takeaway owner who cooked his books to steal £165,000 in tax has been jailed for 28 months.

Accountant and Financial Advisor jailed for major film tax fraud

Accountant and Financial Advisor jailed for major film tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Dec 18, 2015 16:44 GMT

An accountant and an independent financial advisor have been jailed for 8 and 6 years, respectively, for attempting to steal £2.2 million in a tax fraud linked to the film industry, following a ground breaking investigation by HMRC.

Cheating accountant convicted of tax fraud

Cheating accountant convicted of tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Dec 03, 2015 14:44 GMT

A tax adviser and accountant to the media industry has been convicted for evading more than £6 million in tax.

‘Man in pub’ claim no defence for fraudster

‘Man in pub’ claim no defence for fraudster

Press Releases   •   Nov 27, 2015 17:54 GMT

A Rochdale man, who tried to blame a ‘man in the pub’ for his illegal cigarette hoard in a £57,000 tax fraud, has been jailed for 12 months.

British businessman gets jail time for tax fraud

British businessman gets jail time for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Nov 27, 2015 15:26 GMT

A British businessman and former owner of Croydon Athletic Football Club has been jailed for two years for failing to declare and pay tax on income he received from his multi-million pound property portfolio.

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.

12 arrested as part of a new clampdown to tackle tax fraud

12 arrested as part of a new clampdown to tackle tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 15, 2015 10:48 BST

12 people were arrested in the latest clampdown on tax fraud launched yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

High Commission worker jailed for £4.8 million tobacco fraud

High Commission worker jailed for £4.8 million tobacco fraud

Press Releases   •   Apr 16, 2015 09:41 BST

A Ugandan High Commission worker has been jailed to six years for obtaining 28 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco and failing to account for over £4.8 million in evaded duty after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Decorator’s wife sentenced for tax fraud

Decorator’s wife sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Apr 01, 2015 16:43 BST

A Margate woman who attempted to pass off vet’s bills, food shopping and family treats, including a car for her daughter, as business expenses has been sentenced for committing an £18,000 tax fraud.

Crackdown on VAT tax dodgers in Nottingham

Crackdown on VAT tax dodgers in Nottingham

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2014 12:33 BST

A taskforce tackling fraudulent VAT repayments in the Nottingham area was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Crackdown on VAT tax dodgers in the Midlands

Crackdown on VAT tax dodgers in the Midlands

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2014 12:10 BST

A taskforce tackling fraudulent VAT repayments in the Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke and Wolverhampton areas was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

‘Cigs in fruit’ smugglers jailed

‘Cigs in fruit’ smugglers jailed

Press Releases   •   May 08, 2014 15:57 BST

Three men behind one of the largest ever single hauls of smuggled cigarettes found in the North West have been jailed this week.

Five arrested for tax evasion and benefit fraud

Five arrested for tax evasion and benefit fraud

Press Releases   •   Apr 15, 2014 18:30 BST

Five people from Liverpool have been arrested on suspicion of failing to pay any personal or business taxes. The three men and two women, who ran a bar and a garage in Liverpool, are also believed to have received over £250,000 in unemployment benefits.

HMRC closes in on tax cheats

HMRC closes in on tax cheats

Press Releases   •   Nov 12, 2012 09:31 GMT

An advertising campaign warning tax cheats to declare all their income before it is too late was launched today by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).