Which has the greater impact: benefit fraud or tax avoidance? The National Audit Office published figures last month citing the incorrect payments by the Department for Work & Pensions, as well as HM Revenue and Customs regarding those claiming state benefits and working tax credits. The figures made murky reading and are likely to mean…

New powers for all – the Serious Crime Act 2015 So far 2015 has seen a number of changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) including provision for a new offence of ‘assisting an organised crime group’. Restraint orders are now available pre or post-charge where there are ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ that…

New UK offshore tax laws must prove criminal intent according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) The institute has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will be pressing ahead with the introduction of a new ‘strict liability’ offence for offshore tax evasion and the stated intention of the new laws to target tax evaders…

Tax avoidance and evasion amongst wealthy individuals The government released a policy paper earlier this year addressing the various tax evasion and avoidance issues currently facing HMRC. One of the areas the policy paper highlighted was dealing with the tax affairs of wealthy individuals. In an attempt to cut down on fraud and maximize the…

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