No place to hide: HMRC names and shames tax dodgers
The new powers are part of HMRC’s approach to combat tax evasion and non-compliance to make sure everyone pays their fair share of tax.
The first list features nine names, including a hairdresser, a coach operator and a knitwear manufacturer.
David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: “The publication of these names sends a clear signal that cheating on tax is wrong and reassures people who pay their taxes – the vast majority – that there are consequences for those who refuse to tell HMRC about their full liability.
“It also encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named.”
HMRC has been given the power to publish these names to deter UK taxpayers from deliberately defaulting on their tax obligations.
It also encourages the non-compliant to make a full disclosure at the outset of an investigation as doing so means their details will not be published.
Details of the first tranche of deliberate defaulters can be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/defaulters/index.htm
HMRC will update the list of those published on its website each quarter.