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Two arrests in suspected £12m tax fraud

Press Release   •   May 10, 2018 11:53 BST

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £12 million VAT fraud.

HMRC officers searched two residential addresses in the Glasgow area on Thursday 10 May. Several items, including mobile phones, laptops and computers were seized from the addresses and two men, aged 60 and 45, have been arrested.

Joe Hendry, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“VAT fraud is not a victimless crime; it deprives us all of money that should be funding our public services.

“HMRC will continue to pursue criminals who attack the tax system and we ask anyone with information about suspected VAT fraud to report it to HMRC online or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Notes for editors

  • A 60-year-old man from the Glasgow area has been arrested on suspicion of Value Added Tax (VAT) evasion contrary to Section 72 (1) of the VAT Act (1994).
  • A 45-year-old man from the Glasgow area has been arrested on suspicion of Value Added Tax (VAT) evasion contrary to Section 72 (1) of the VAT Act (1994).
  • Anyone with information regarding tax fraud is encouraged to contact the HMRC Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887 or https://www.gov.uk/report-an-unregistered-trader-or-business
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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.

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