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Offshore evasion to become a criminal offence

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are set to clamp down on offshore tax evasion by treating it as a criminal offence.

HMRC clamps down on Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility misuse

HMRC has restricted the number of scenarios in which taxpayers can use the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility for offshore liabilities, due to concerns about the system being open to abuse.

Terminal illness not a reasonable excuse

A tribunal has ruled that a man with a terminal illness did not have a reasonable excuse for paying his taxes late.

Electrician jailed for £372,000 VAT fraud

A Staffordshire-based electrician jailed for embezzling over £372,000 in fraudulent VAT repayment claims has been told he will face an extra two years in jail if he doesn’t pay the money back.

Derbyshire man jailed for falsifying online tax returns

A 30-year-old Derbyshire man who worked alongside an accomplice to try to swindle over £205,000 in fraudulent tax repayments from HMRC has been jailed.

Messi facing prosecution for tax evasion

The Spanish courts will continue with prosecuting star Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite the public prosecutor recommending that the charges be dismissed.

HMRC's High Net Worth Unit Yields £1 billion

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recouped more than £1 billion in tax compliance through its High Net Worth Unit – a specialist unit setup to specifically deal with the tax affairs of the UK’s wealthiest individuals.

HMRC releases list of over 800 suspect tax avoidance schemes

HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) has released a list of over 800 schemes that they believe are deliberately designed for tax avoidance reasons.

Beckham among 33,000 set to receive new tax demand

Many high-profile names in the business, showbiz and sport will soon be receiving letters demanding payment of disputed tax bills.

HMRC loses its appeal against “oldco” Rangers’ use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBT)

The upper-tier judge, Lord Doherty, rejected the appeal against a first-tier tax tribunal decision, despite several issues being referred back to the original panel.

Accountant jailed for VAT fraud

Devon based accountant Robert Carpenter was jailed last week after pleading guilty to fraudulently claiming over £95,000 in VAT.

Esporta loses VAT appeal

Late gym membership fees paid after a member has been expelled from the gym are subject to VAT, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Marriage breakdown ruled a ‘reasonable excuse’

A taxpayer has won his appeal against HMRC relating to £10,000 in late tax payment penalties, following a tribunal ruling that his marriage breakdown was a reasonable excuse for the delay.

Jail for bookkeeper who hid in wardrobe

A bookkeeper, from Northern Ireland, who tried to escape arrest by hiding in her wardrobe, has been jailed for VAT fraud.

Tax investigations double in one year

Figures disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that the number of people being investigated by HMRC has double in just one year.

Don't be the victim of bad advice

Over 20% of UK accountants and tax advisers have not fully explained the terms of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility to their clients, a survey has revealed.

Moving back to the UK? Get your tax affairs in order!

Paying less tax on earnings can be one of the key reasons for moving countries, but you should not assume that spending a few years abroad will make HMRC forget about you. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Right on our doorstep…

A businessman local to our Wilmslow office has been jailed for stealing £114,000 in tax instead of paying it to HMRC.

Gabby Logan admits involvement in tax avoidance scheme

First Gary Barlow, then Colin Jackson, now Gabby Logan is the latest household name to admit to being part of the Icebreaker tax avoidance scheme.

Colin Jackson involved in Icebraker tax avoidance scheme

Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson has been named as one of several wealthy individuals involved in the complex tax avoidance scheme Icebreaker.

Take That trio face HMRC bill after joining tax avoidance scheme

It has been well documented that Take That starts Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will be soon receiving a hefty tax bill.

Tax Nightmares – The Curious Case of Caffe Nero

Caffe Nero has declined to comment on a customer's letter that has gone viral accusing it of failing to "pay its dues" by not paying corporation tax.

Greene King in £36 million tax avoidance row

Brewing group Greene King has lost the latest round of an ongoing battle with HMRC.

Payroll Pitfalls - Keep up to date reporting with HMRC - or pay the price!

Ensuring your employees are paid is only a small part of managing payroll tasks.

Income tax planning - know your limits!

With the new tax year looming, now is an ideal time to review your position and decrease your tax liabilities.