HMRC to help fight 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
Serious Organised
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.

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