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HMRC issues Most Wanted list 16/08/12

HMRC has published pictures of its "Most Wanted" alleged tax fugitives as part of a new appeal to the public, asking for help in tracing them.

They are accused of fleeing after being charged with a crime or during trial, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The gallery, published for the first time online, details 20 people who they believe are responsible for £765m of tax evasion and fraud.  All have been identified and most are thought to be living outside the UK.

HMRC work with Crimestoppers to gather information that might help trace the fugitives but this is the first time their photographs and details have been published.

David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: "The Government is absolutely committed to tackling tax evasion and fraud.

Tax evasion and fraud costs the taxpayer around £10bn. The Government has invested over £900m in HMRC in an attempt to raise an extra £7bn a year in tax revenue.

The pictures, which include one woman, are being published on the HMRC’s flickr channel as part of a government campaign aimed at tackling tax evasion and gathering taxes at a time of austerity. The individuals include people who have been found guilty in their absence of crimes such as fraud, money laundering and smuggling. They also include some who face a warrant for their arrest, but have yet to stand trial.

Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS says: “People with information on the fugitives should contact the HMRC hotline on 0800 595 000 or via the Crimestoppers website .”

If you need any help and advice with your Tax returns and declarations, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help in all your financial and business planning.

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