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HMRC map pinpoints tax crime

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An online map pinpointing tax cheats around the country, together with their crime and sentence, has been launched today by HM Revenue and Customs.

The map shows convictions resulting in jail sentences since April 2013, and the locations of HMRC taskforces since they were introduced in 2011. It will be expanded in future to include non-custodial sentences since April 2013.

The interactive site also features tax evasion rates by trade and profession, as well as details of people caught and jailed as a result of investigations by HMRC’s Criminal Investigation teams.

“HMRC’s investigators are catching tax cheats in every corner of the country and we want people to be able to see the outcome of this enforcement action,” said David Gauke, financial secretary to the Treasury.

“HMRC’s new online enforcement map shows tax cheats that when they are caught they can face hefty prison sentences.”

Lin Homer, HMRC’s chief executive, said his organisation was “prosecuting more tax cheats every year,” and had begun “targeting more trades and professions where we have identified that tax revenue is at risk.”

Homer also noted recent HMRC achievements, such as prosecuting 2,650 people for tax crime and securing a total of 2,700 years in jail sentences for tax evasion from April 2010 to March 2014. HMRC’s work during this period also brought the UK exchequer £23.9 billion of additional revenue in 2013-14.

“This map,” he concluded, “shows the scale of our criminal investigation operations.”

Visit the map yourself by clicking here.


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