Thursday 16 August 2012

HMRC's Most Wanted

On the 19th of July I wrote about HMRC's Flickr gallery that shows mugshots of HMRC's most wanted and, amusingly, of Excom and other staff members.

One month on, and HMRC have woken up to the fact that they actually have a gallery and have decided to tell the world (sorry lads, I told the world about it a month ago!).

Anyhoo, here is HMRC's press release (albeit one month late):
"To help in the effort to hunt down the United Kingdom’s biggest tax fraudsters, HMRC will place photographs of its Most Wanted on its flickr channel and ask members of the public to assist in finding them.

The Most Wanted are tax criminals who have absconded after being charged with a crime or during trial. HMRC has worked with Crimestoppers to gather information from the public that may help capture these criminals and others like them, but this is the first time that HMRC has published photographs and details of tax dodgers’ crimes.

David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said:

“The Government is absolutely committed to tackling tax evasion and fraud. These criminals have collectively cost the taxpayer over £765m and HMRC will pursue them relentlessly. We hope that publishing their pictures in this way will enable members of the public to contribute to the effort to catch them.”

Tax evasion and fraud cost the taxpayer around £10bn. The Government is committed to cracking down on those who try to dodge their responsibility to pay tax and has invested over £900m in HMRC in order to raise an additional £7bn each year in tax revenue.

HMRC’s Top 20 Most Wanted can be seen here

People can report leads on the Most Wanted fugitives via HMRC’s Customs, Excise and VAT fraud reporting hotline on 0800 595 000, by email or post here, or through the Crimestoppers website

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  1. So what's all the hooha about 'uman rights then. Some council doesn't publish the details of criminal traders but the HMRC has no problem with those found guilty of tax evasion. I thought the law was supposed to be the same for all.

  2. Clicked on the Flickr link to look at the mugshots, why are some of the crims on the better quality photos smiling, are they taking the pi@@?!

  3. I think this is a brilliant idea, now how about naming and shaming HMRC staff (and other public sector workers) who make mistakes and cost people loads in time, effort and money.

    1. Hey Ken, they have shoo themselves in the foot royally over this one.
      Had a look, anyone viewing the "mugshots" would think the same - guilty by association?
      Whats the betting the site is changed with a few omissions by the beginning of next week.
      Cue panic, headless chickens, where's the whiteboard when you want it?
      Is that an Organised Crime Syndicate?