Tax Evasion: Convictions

Treasury written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases referred to prosecuting authorities by HMRC for serious and complex tax crime by corporations have concluded with a criminal conviction since 2010.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

HMRC investigates companies where fraudulent behaviour can be attributed to individuals who are directing minds of the company.

However, HMRC also investigates individuals who are officers of companies but are prosecuted for irregularities relating to their personal tax affairs rather than that of the company. HMRC’s records do not categorise whether investigations and subsequent convictions are in respect of the individual working as an officer for the company or in relation to their personal tax affairs.

HMRC has a strong track record of tackling those who have evaded their responsibilities or those who have facilitated tax evasion and is successful in over 90% of prosecutions.

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