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News - 29 January 2013

The director of public prosecutions targets middle class tax evaders

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) vowed to get tougher with the supposedly "victimless" crime of tax evasion, especially among the middle class professionals and their advisers.

Kier Starmer, director of public prosecutions, said:
"It is no secret that among HMRC's strategies for deterring tax evasion are taskforces to target high risk areas of work. One of the taskforces will be looking at lawyers, but grocers, retailers and restaurant owners will also be under scrutiny. Paying tax matters - whatever your background or profession.”

Tax evaders might be hard to characterise, but the DPP highlighted individuals who want to get "one over" on the taxman, citing the top tax criminals of 2012 list, many of whom traded as legitimate businesses while secretly evading tax.
Currently, the CPS' conviction rate for tax cases stands at 86%. These cases have saved the Revenue potential losses of £1bn; the cost of tax avoidance to the UK is around £14bn a year

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“In 2010, the CPS and HMRC joined up to create a new central fraud division, a prosecution and advisory service for complex, high value fraud and corruption cases through England and Wales.”
Kier Starmer continued: "Let us bury the myth that tax evasion is a victimless crime. We all pay for it in the end, directly or indirectly."

If you need any help and advice for your Tax and the implications of the HMRC initiatives, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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