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Taxman launches name-and-shame crackdown on "cheats"

By WMNCBarnes  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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The Inland Revenue has launched a name-and-shame crackdown on  "deliberate" tax defaulters by publishing their details online.

Details of nine businesses and individuals from across the UK have been flagged up by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on its website, in a new move to clamp down on "cheats" by the taxman.

HMRC said it has taken the approach to create a level playing field for "honest people and businesses" and crack down on the minority who seek to evade tax. 

It is now is encouraging the "non-compliant" to make a full disclosure at the outset of an investigation, as doing so means their details will not be published. 

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: "HMRC is dedicated to clamping down on the small minority of people who break the law, and finding and taking action against tax cheats who try to evade their responsibilities.

"The publication of these names sends a clear signal that cheating on tax is wrong and reassures people who pay their taxes – the vast majority – that there are consequences for those who refuse to tell HMRC about their full liability.

"It also encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named."

HMRC said it will update the list of names published on its website every quarter.

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