HMRC fraud prosecutions soar

The number of individuals prosecuted by HMRC for tax fraud soared by 53% in the past year, according to Pinsent Masons.

With figures obtained via a freedom of information request, the law firm concluded that the increase showed 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.

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Why no publicity?

The Black Knight | | Permalink

Why is there little or no publicity then?

Surely the whole point of a criminal prosecution is the setting of an example to support the deterrent?

 

"The vast majority of taxpayers are honest and pay what they have to under the law, so it is only right that we tackle the small minority of cheats who deprive the country of vital revenues.”

that's just plain Poppy cock? A statement to support HMRC's failure?

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Tromdo | | Permalink

Black Knight, you can't force the media to publish stories.  The PDD iniative hasn't hit the headlines either. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist!

I know BUT

The Black Knight | | Permalink

Tromdo wrote:

Black Knight, you can't force the media to publish stories.  The PDD iniative hasn't hit the headlines either. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist!

They are not even on the HMRC website though? Not even as deliberate defaulters?

and carry out a google search ...yep just about nothing?

Is that all?

ian339 | | Permalink

So they've launched prosecutions against 240 people.

Out of how many taxpayers - 20m?

Is it just me, or do we seem to be an unbelievably honest bunch?

that's how they worked out that

The Black Knight | | Permalink

ian339 wrote:

So they've launched prosecutions against 240 people.

Out of how many taxpayers - 20m?

Is it just me, or do we seem to be an unbelievably honest bunch?

That's how they worked out that most tax payers are honest and only a minority are naughty?

It's called spin? Any more prosecutions would ruin the statistics and make a politico look stupid.

Would also result in more work for HMRC and we can'[t be having that.

Quota reached! target achieved! cup of tea anyone? Strike for some more time off?