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Heavy foot of the law

13 August 2013 / Guy Smith
Issue: 4415 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , Investigations

A look at interesting figures about HMRC prosecutions


  • HMRC prosecutions still weighted to excise duties but all areas show acceleration.
  • Change at head of CPS unlikely to mean any relaxation.
  • Survey shows that prosecutions should drive the behavioural changes HMRC want in SMEs.
  • Campaign and task-force work should therefore continue.

Criminal tax evasion prosecutions accelerated sharply in the final six months of 2012/13 as HMRC stepped up the fight against deliberate fraud. The department delivered 617 successful prosecutions against a target of 565; a marked increase on the 202 achieved at the halfway point of the year.

The figures in Prosecution breakdown (below; click image to enlarge) were obtained via Freedom of Information requests and do not include those arising from frauds organised by criminal groups.

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