HMRC maps out tax scams

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A multi-million VAT scam in Peterborough is part of a new map to illustrate the problem of tax cheats across the country.

The map has been launched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and allows residents to see enforcement work carried out.

It shows convictions resulting in jail sentences since April 2013, and the locations of HMRC taskforces since they were introduced in 2011. Included in the map at the start of the project is details of an investigation which saw two people jailed - one for two years and one for 30 months - for their part in a VAT scam.

The investigation into the £4.5 million scam, which dates back to January 2014, was code-named Operation Rosary.

David Gauke, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “HMRC’s investigators are catching tax cheats in every corner of the country and we want people to be able to see the outcome of this enforcement action.

“HMRC’s new online enforcement map shows tax cheats that when they are caught they can face hefty prison sentences.”

HMRC’s Chief Executive, Lin Homer, said: “This map shows the scale of our criminal investigation operations, so tax cheats should be seriously worried that HMRC is coming for them next.”

The pilot scheme is set to be expanded to include non-custodial sentences since April 2013.

To view the maps, visit http://hmrcdigitalpilots.com/