HMRC are closing in on tax cheats

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An ADVERTISING campaign warning tax cheats to declare all their income before it is too late has been launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The campaign is part of HMRC’s targeted approach to help taxpayers pay the right amount of tax at the right time.

HMRC has set up a website - www.gov.uk/sortmytax - to help support those who want to pay the correct tax.

The campaign, using outdoor advertising, is part of HMRC’s activity to tackle crime and failure to pay the right amount of tax.

David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the treasury, said: “Most people play by the rules and pay what they owe, but HMRC is cracking down on those who don’t. Using the £917 million the Government has made available to tackle avoidance, evasion and fraud, HMRC is closing in on tax cheats.

“It always makes sense to declare all your income and tax dodgers are simply storing up trouble for the future; getting caught means higher fines, and in the most serious cases criminal prosecution. There is an alternative. Simply visit the new website and make a fresh start.”

The campaign is a part of the Government’s £917 million spending review investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011/12, which aims to raise an additional £7 billion each year by 2014/15.

If you are aware of someone who is evading their taxes you can tell HMRC via the tax evasion hotline by telephone, on 0800 788 887, by email or by post.

Full details can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk