Authorities on alert for evolved VAT scams

Officials at HM Revenue &
are having to revise their tactics in the fight against
carousel fraud as criminals find new ways to skirt the latest measures
introduced to clampdown on the fraud.

The reverse-charge mechanism, which comes into force today, will change the
way VAT is paid on goods used in
chains, such as microchips and mobile telephones.

Officials are now on the alert to see whether the fraudsters use other goods
to skirt this new regime, the

HMRC is using search engines to pick out unusual trading patterns. It is
feared that criminals may now start using iPods, satelitte navigation systems,
razor blades and golf equipment.

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