Individuals suspected of evading tax are being subjected to record numbers of property raids by HMRC, new figures show.
Data obtained by law firm Pinsent Masons reveal that 445 property searches were carried out by HMRC in the 2012-13 tax year, the Daily Telegraph reported. This follows 499 searches - a new record - carried out in the 2011-12 tax year.
Both figures represent an enormous increase on previous activity. In 2010-11, just 196 properties were searched, according to the data, which was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Experts said it shows the concerted effort being made to catch individuals who commit tax fraud.
“We have seen almost no easing in the pace of HMRC property raids and arrests are actually continuing to rise,” said Jason Collins, head of tax at Pinsent Masons.