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News - 30 April 2013

HMRC fraud prosecutions rise

The number of individuals prosecuted by HMRC for tax fraud has risen by 53% in the past year, which shows the Revenue’s increased compliance efforts and more “aggressive” approach was beginning to bite.

The increase follows the Chancellor’s 2010 Budget commitment to give HMRC an extra £900m to counter tax avoidance and evasion.

According to the newly obtained data, HMRC launched prosecutions against 240 individuals last year, up from 157 the year before.

Arrests and convictions also increased during this period. Between 2009/10 and 2011/12, the number of arrests for tax fraud rose by 44%, from 105 to 151; the increase for 2011/12 was 7%, up from 141 in 2010/11. Convictions were up 4%, rising from 148 in 2010/11 to 154 in 2011/12.

An HMRC spokesman said:
“The government have given HMRC almost £1bn to tackle tax evasion, fraud and avoidance. HMRC are using this money to increase staffing in key teams, deliver an additional £20bn and increase criminal prosecutions for tax fraud five fold by the end of the 2015.”

Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
"The vast majority of taxpayers are honest and pay what they have to under the law, so it is only right that the small minority of cheats who deprive the country of vital revenues are targeted.”

If you are unsure and need any help and advice on Self Assessment or you need to keep abreast of changes in legislation, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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