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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.

Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Press Releases   •   Jan 06, 2017 15:58 GMT

The owner of a London video conferencing company, who fled the country after faking documents and making up figures on his tax returns to steal £500,000, has been jailed for 45 months.

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.

Payback time for jailed Luton bus operator

Payback time for jailed Luton bus operator

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2016 11:14 GMT

A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been ordered to pay back more than £156,000 he stole through a tax fraud or face a further five years in prison.

Mechanic hid his business from taxman

Mechanic hid his business from taxman

Press Releases   •   Nov 28, 2016 10:41 GMT

A Manchester garage boss has been jailed for tax fraud after he hid his business activities from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and stole £118,000 from UK taxpayers.

Tax fraudster stripped of River Thames land

Tax fraudster stripped of River Thames land

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2016 11:53 BST

A Dubai-based British businessman, who financed a major cigarette smuggling gang, has been stripped of prime Thames-side land to pay back £4.5 million.

Multi-million pound tobacco racket smashed

Multi-million pound tobacco racket smashed

Press Releases   •   Oct 14, 2016 13:16 BST

A couple who masterminded a nationwide counterfeit tobacco production racket capable of robbing the taxpayer of £1 million a week, have been sentenced.

Tax-cheating councillor cooked the books

Tax-cheating councillor cooked the books

Press Releases   •   Oct 07, 2016 12:51 BST

A parish councillor and his brother, who lied about the takings at their Lincolnshire restaurant to steal almost £64,000 in tax, have been jailed.

Lavish lifestyle over for Essex fraudster

Lavish lifestyle over for Essex fraudster

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2016 15:54 BST

An Essex businessman who funded a lavish lifestyle of expensive houses, luxury cars and a Marbella holiday home through a £4.75 million VAT fraud has been jailed for six years.

Accountant fined for blocking HMRC investigation

Accountant fined for blocking HMRC investigation

Press Releases   •   Oct 05, 2016 15:38 BST

In an historic first for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), an obstructive accountant who failed to cooperate with a tax fraud investigation has been fined £25,000 under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act for failing to comply with Disclosure Notices.

Company director in a pickle

Company director in a pickle

Press Releases   •   Sep 23, 2016 09:55 BST

A Birmingham company director, who claimed to run a business producing whisky, chutney and jam, has been sentenced after it was revealed it was just a front for him to steal almost £110,000 in a tax fraud.

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.

Contract for checking tax credits entitlement not to be extended

Contract for checking tax credits entitlement not to be extended

Press Releases   •   Sep 14, 2016 12:26 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed today that it has decided not to extend its existing contract with Concentrix, a company it employs to check tax credits entitlement.

Blushing bookkeeper jailed

Blushing bookkeeper jailed

Press Releases   •   Sep 12, 2016 16:48 BST

A Plymouth bridal shop owner and part-time bookkeeper, who admitted stealing more than £250,000 in tax, has been jailed for 32 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The businessman and the bogus books

The businessman and the bogus books

Press Releases   •   Sep 09, 2016 16:39 BST

A London businessman, who cooked the books of his television production company to rob the UK taxpayer of more than £410,000 in a VAT fraud, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Payback time for TV advert tax fraudster

Payback time for TV advert tax fraudster

Press Releases   •   Sep 09, 2016 15:04 BST

A double-glazing salesman and TV advert celebrity from Burnley, who was sentenced for tax fraud in 2016, has been ordered to repay £50,000 in stolen taxes.

HMRC reminds parents to update their children’s details as exam results revealed

HMRC reminds parents to update their children’s details as exam results revealed

Press Releases   •   Aug 25, 2016 11:55 BST

As GCSE exam results are released around the country today, HM Revenue and Customs is reminding parents that receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits to inform them of their child’s educational status ahead of 31 August, otherwise payments will stop.

HMRC nails last of 17 construction tax cheats

HMRC nails last of 17 construction tax cheats

Press Releases   •   Aug 23, 2016 15:04 BST

A Loughborough electrician, who failed to declare his earnings to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for seven years, has been sentenced as the final defendant in a near £643,000 tax fraud investigation

Faster, easier tax repayments are at the heart of the Personal Tax Account

Faster, easier tax repayments are at the heart of the Personal Tax Account

Press Releases   •   Aug 23, 2016 10:59 BST

Taxpayers can now opt to get their money back direct from HM Revenue and Customs – via their digital Personal Tax Account – without the need for a cheque or trip to the bank, HMRC confirmed today.

Rupert’s tax case ex-spelled

Rupert’s tax case ex-spelled

Press Releases   •   Aug 10, 2016 17:02 BST

HMRC has successfully defeated a case brought by actor Rupert Grint.