HMRC has published a list of deliberate tax defaulters on its website.
Deliberate tax defaulters have been named and shamed by the tax office today. A list of tax dodgers has been published on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website for the first time.
The list is the latest move in HMRC's drive to crack down on tax evasion. Earlier this week the tax office announced it had signed a disclosure deal with the Isle of Man to deter UK citizens from hiding their money on the island.
A statement from HMRC read: "We have been given the power to publish these names to deter UK taxpayers from deliberately defaulting on their tax obligations. It also encourages the non-compliant to make a full disclosure at the outset of an investigation as doing so means their details will not be published."
HMRC is permitted to publish names only for 12 months, and only after all the individual has been given every opportunity to pay the tax and associated penalties.
HMRC said that it was 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.
David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, added: "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.”
The Government has allocated nearly £1bn to HMRC specifically to crack down on tax evasion.
Tim Gregory from accountancy firm Saffery Champness said: “The publication of the list underlines once again that there increasingly no place to hide from the taxman, and taxpayers should always pay what they owe. Those who seek proper professional advice will see their tax bills mitigated to the extent intended by the rules, and they will be able to rest easy that they are not over-stepping the mark.”
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