2012's biggest tax cheats named and shamed

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by Lovemoney Staff lovemoney staff on 04 January 2013  |  Comments 21 comments

HMRC has released information, including photos, of the biggest tax evaders of last year, who are collectively serving over 150 years behind bars.

2012's biggest tax cheats named and shamed

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published details and photos of the top 32 tax cheats of 2012.

They were sentenced to a combined total of 155 years and 10 months for crimes including tax evasion on imported cigarettes and alcohol, smuggling gold and garlic, and VAT fraud.

Photos of the criminals and information about the convictions have been published on photo-sharing website Flickr. You can view them here.

The photo above shows some of the members of a gang who attempted to smuggle 20 million cigarettes into the UK from Dubai by describing them in shipping documents as babies’ toys. The total duty they were attempting to evade is estimated at £3.3 million.

The Government has given HRMC £994 million to tackle tax evasion, with the aim of raising an additional £7 billion a year by 2014/15.

If you suspect customs or excise fraud or tax evasion, you can report it via the HMRC website.

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  • tuttogallo
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    tuttogallo said

    The word you are looking for is "dictat"

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  • msmoneywise
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    msmoneywise said

    HMRC staff have no power, no knowledge and no responsibility! There is no consistent and cohesive working practice any more. I left HMRC because I was tired of shuffling pieces of paper for statistics to look good. If you write a letter and (because HMRC has so much post on hand, it will probably take over a month before they can even look at it) the person who picks it up has to see what you want and if possible, answer your query or solve your problem. If you get tired of waiting for an answer, then write again, they'll not link up the two bits of correspondence and the second person will ask you via letter what you want!!! Who is responsible for all these delays? No one! There is a no-blame culture in the new HMRC.

    This ping-pong game can go on and on. I was trained to work whole cases and take responsibility for my work. I managed 6000 tax payers (now called 'clients') myself, and I was the junior-most staff member! I had a bunch of employers and dealt with their employees, their employer returns for PAYE, benefits in kind, allowance claims, etc. without any problems. However, being a big fan of "if it is working really well, break it" HMRC brought in centralized working, which took away all the responsibility and authority from trained staff and put it in the hands of call-centre idiots who are put on the job after minimal training. After 20 years, I left with a reduced pension of only £200 per month, and am happy to be gone. HMRC is a terrible place to work for these days.

    HMRC have lost my 2010 tax return 3 times. I complained, but never got anywhere, and to add insult to injury they sent me a letter saying that my 2011 tax return was lost as well, but that if I didn't send a duplicate immediately they would have to treat it as a late tax return and fine me! What can you do? I seriously doubt that these task forces are really effective. At best they'll be semi-trained recovery officers, at worst they will be bullies with bailiff-like authority to enter, search and take away. May God save us from the new HMRC.

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