Tax Cheats Named By HMRC For First Time
HMRC has published the names of nine individuals and businesses which it says each owe more than £25,000 in tax.
The tax authority described those named as "deliberate defaulters" who had repeatedly failed to co-operate with the taxman.
HMRC said those on the list had already received penalties for either errors in their tax returns or for failing to comply with their tax obligations.
But it stressed that the entries were specific to certain dates, and those named may no longer be defaulting on their tax.
The details published included names, addresses, occupations and the total amount of tax owed.
The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said: "HMRC is 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.
"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 following were on the list:
:: Southport Leisure, a licensed bar and club on Coronation Walk, Southport
:: Joseph Tyrrell, a hairdresser from Prescot Road, Liverpool
:: The Trade Beverage Company which bought and sold wine on Marrion Drive, Cheshire
:: Rafique Maroof Raja, a licenced grocer from Main Street, Kirkcaldy
:: S Stewart, a pipework specialist from Bishops Court, Liverpool
:: David Alan Jay, who works in property maintenance from Roseberry Gardens, Essex
:: Gatemain Contractors, a building company, on Holly Road, Rochester
:: Menemis, a knitwear manufacturer trading as Unlimited Knits, on Byron Industrial Estate, Nottingham
:: Brian Clifford Tattersall, a coach operator from Pixmore Avenue. Bolton
what do you think?
Always the small fry. We want the people at the top not the bottom.
So much for confidentiality
I paid over £1,000 this year to keep my small, environmentally friendly car on the road. That is EXCLUDING fuel. I honestly couldn't care less about tax dodgers and it is NONE of my business. If it's your business to bother about them, do so. I've learned a LOT during the past almost fifty years. One of which is why my dad said he'd totally had enough of people and spent his last few years sleeping in his greenhouse. I've seen the stress excessive taxing causes people to the point where they even kill themselves over it all. If peoples lives are worth less than paying taxes, I don't think they are. If you expect me to pay £1,000 per year to run a small city car on the road and not really care, think again. £1,000 per year ... just to put a car on the road without even fuel in it? What it will do is to publicise all the people refusing to pay EXCESSIVE taxes and nobody is likely to even care anymore apart from the tax collectors. Who are those lot to think they can charge anything they like for tax and nobody will do anything? Switch on your TV sets and see what garbage your tax is wasted on.
Well said mate. The propaganda worked well in the last recession or should i say robbery, but we as a society are more aware these days. I honestly couldn't care less about the people trying to better their lives by manipulating the already corrupt system to give there families a better life when the ruling elite are stealing our money and closing down our services like they're going out of fashion.
Adrian go and check out John Harris on YouTube. His seminars put a real perspective on tax and youll find out plenty of information that is purposefully kept from you by our beloved government.
jimmy do you mean they take from us to give in aid?
Give in aid? They take from us to create an industry for us to keep the social elite above us in status and also to destroy countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and now north Africa. None of this is possible without our tax.
Protection racket gangs go to shops and ask for a certain amount of money each week to keep the shop "safe". How is that any different to extortionate rates of tax? Harris? I'll see what he has to say, then. The government are saying, "Pay a certain amount each week and we'll keep your shop safe, or else!"
Adrian tax is being used as diversion its overly complex and a burden for anyone in business by the time George has finished the wealthy will be gone and no one will want to start a company
All smal fish. Go after the big fish.
why isn't martine mccutcheon on the list. does pleading bankruptcy absolve you from responsibility to pay what you owe forever, then i'm in!
Actually decelerating bankruptcy dose (if it's accepted by court) but doing so means you/company are stripped of every penny to pay secured debts (and tax is counted among "secured") and whatever is left is then paid to unsecured debts
Surely the taxman is supposed to keep this information confidential (Data Protection Act etc) and by not doing so is leaving himself open to prosection????????????? Maybe they should sue the taxman and use the proceeds to pay their tax bill.
Yes and lets hope they do get challenged particularly when you read the following quote 'But it stressed that the entries were specific to certain dates, and those named may no longer be defaulting on their tax.'
Wealth is becoming the new swear word and the shield for politicians to hide their own incompetence behind. If you got money its time to move on this is not the place to be
Blue Side. Who in their right mind would want to live here if they had money. You are right. I bet not too many people will agree with you. I agree with your comment. To name these people is childish and a break with confidentiallity
gordon Keep arguing if they lowered the tax rate and simplified the system the net revenue would rise we would attract more foreign firms - employment would rise etc. etc. etc.
No mention of any high-profile football personalities.....?
no mention of politicians or civil servants rem the ones using the IOM tax dodge?
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How disgusting that HMRC is willing to name these small business and self employed people whilst some our largest companies get away with not paying quite literally ££ milions in tax. Stinks to high heaven of diversion.
Too little too late, or at least a start? We'll have to watch this space.
The data protection act is dead.thats why parking companies get your identity from dvla.
These people named are working, and in bad times caused by those who who are running the nut house, the fault is with the incompedent HMRC So name all you like the fault just says you are being paid for your own incompedence. tells us why you failed to collect it not who failed to pay.
Those at the bottom are following those at the top, Get those at the top and those at the bottom will follow, I THINK THEY CALL IT LEAD BY EXAMPLE. DUMMIES
I notice 5 of the 9 are from the North West of England and from non Tory voting areas... Wonder if they have any official bias?
Tell me it's not April Fools Day! This list is a joke. Where are the names of the big fish evading big money? Â£25000 is pocket money to the tax avoidance consultants. This list is just a smoke screen, a sop to keep us happy. HMRC are chasing the wrong people.
Notice they have not shown the big boys who donate to the Tory Party just the minnows.
WOW!!!!!! national figures every one, their total tax debts will not even pay for a round of Champagne for the entire cabinet to celebrate finding these defaulters.
What?! They have now actually published the names. A drop in the ocean and frankly laughable. Was this supposed to pacify? Further to my last post, I think it's too little too late!