HMRC to help fight crime bosses
HMRC and SOCA team up to taregt tax-dodging crime bosses
The taxman is to target the assets of crime bosses as part of a scheme to
cripple law-breakers, according to reports.
A team of 20 staff from HM
Revenue & Customs will work with the
Crime Agency on hitting tax evaders thought to be guilty of crimes,
where they live in luxury with little or no obvious means of support.
Tax penalties could be used to cripple the bosses without the cost of a
criminal trial, while an acquitted defendant could still face a tax bill,
‘You look at the criminal and see where the tax liability is. You would ask
where the money came from,’ an investigator told the newspaper.