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Publication date:- 2017-07-04

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Arrest in suspected £3.8m offshore Tax fraud

1 woman has been arrested in Cheshire as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) joint investigation with the Dutch authorities into a suspected £3.8m million Tax fraud involving offshore bank accounts.

On 4 April 2017, 28 officers from HMRC searched 1 residential and 1 business addresses within Manchester and Macclesfield areas, while properties in the Netherlands and Austria were also raided. Cash, computers, business and personal records were seized in the UK and in the Netherlands assets including property, luxury vehicles and bank accounts were seized.

Paul Maybury, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:- "We are working closely with our partners in the Netherlands and Austria to tackle suspected Tax evasion. The vast majority of Taxpayers pay the Tax they owe, but where we suspect people aren't paying what's due, we will use our full range of powers to ensure that nobody is beyond our reach. People cannot hide money offshore thanks to this international co-operation. Businesses that commit Tax fraud are not just stealing from the public purse, but also have an unfair advantage over honest businesses who pay the right Taxes. If anyone has information about Tax fraud, please contact the new HMRC Fraud Hotline on:- 0800 788 887."

2 addresses were searched in the UK as simultaneous searches took place at 2 residential properties in the Netherlands and 1 residential address in Austria. Those arrested have been interviewed and released pending further enquiries.

HMRC launches new Fraud Hotline

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a new hotline for the public to report fraud and evasion in the fight against Tax fraud.

This service will replace the two separate Tax evasion and customs hotlines with 1, streamlining HMRC's intelligence gathering on Tax fraud.

Customers can report all kinds of Tax fraud and evasion on the new hotline, including PAYE and National Insurance fraud, undisclosed offshore investments, non-payment of the National Minimum Wage, Tax credit fraud, failure to pay UK duty, Tax evasion and VAT fraud.

Jennie Granger, HMRC's Director General for Customer Compliance, said:- "Information provided by the public is a crucial element of HMRC's work to close the Tax gap, so it's vital that the reporting process is as simple and accessible as possible. The HMRC Fraud Hotline will form an important part of our intelligence gathering operations to bring in more money for the Exchequer and the country. We encourage the public to continue to work with us and report any suspected fraud or evasion to us for investigation."

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