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HMRC releases ‘Tax Fugitive List’

HM Revenue and Customs will post pictures of their 20 most wanted tax fugitives from around the UK online, in a bid to get members of the public to report them.

HMRC are hoping that the sensitive issue of tax-evasion, which leaves many law abiding citizens feeling hard done by, will encourage people to come forwards and report the identified persons. According to the BBC, information about the people on the ‘wanted list’, which are reported to have committed £765m worth of tax-evasion and fraud, can also be accessed on HMRC’s flickr channel.

However it is thought that the majority of those identified will now be living outside of the UK, probably in a bid to avoid capture by the authorities. This includes individuals who have been found guilty in their absence of crimes including fraud, money laundering and smuggling.

HMRC has asked that anyone with information on any of the men pictured on the top 20 most wanted list to contact Crimestoppers.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary said: “These individuals have collectively cost the tax payer over £765m and HMRC will pursue them relentlessly. We hope that publishing their pictures in this way will enable members of the public to contribute in the effort to catch them”

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