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HMRC Raids Soccer Clubs In Tax Fraud Probe

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

27 April 2017


The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs, has raided two English soccer clubs as part of a tax fraud investigation.

The tax authority said it had "arrested several men working within the professional football industry" for a suspected income tax and National Insurance (NI) fraud.

HMRC said in a statement: "180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today. Investigators have searched a number of premises in the North East and South East of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers, and mobile phones."

"The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made arrests, and several locations have been searched in France."

"This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences."

HMRC has been toughening its stance in relation to tax mitigation through image rights after the Public Accounts Committee raised concerns earlier this year that the authority is not doing enough to ensure that the correct amount of tax is collected from high-net-worth individuals. At the Budget, it was announced that HMRC intends to provide clear guidance on the matter.

TAGS: individuals | Insurance | tax | business | tax authority | France | Invest

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