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Tax fraud and the enablers

08 July 2024 / Niall Hearty
Issue: 4944 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , Fraud , offshore , Compliance
Enablers in sight

Key points

  • In the year ending 30 June 2023 the number of criminal cases commenced for tax fraud was 94 – up from the previous year’s figure of 63.
  • More prosecutions can be expected this year as a result of HMRC’s increased focus on criminal action.
  • HMRC has yet to fine an ‘enabler’ of offshore tax evasion.

HMRC increased the number of criminal cases it opened for tax fraud by 49% last year.

The year ending 30 June 2023 saw the total of criminal cases commenced for tax fraud rise from the previous year’s figure of 63 to 94. It is a sizeable increase – and a notable one as HMRC uses criminal charges only for the most severe cases of tax evasion.

HMRC’s priorities

This rise in criminal cases can be seen as an indicator of HMRC’s priorities. At a time when the two main political parties have...

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