HMRC names and shames tax dodgers in fresh clampdown

A HAIRDRESSER, a grocer and a knitwear manufacturer were among the nine individuals and firms named and shamed as so-called deliberate tax defaulters yesterday in the first list of its kind published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

HMRC said the nine “deliberate defaulters” – for whom it revealed names, addresses and the total amount of tax owed – had each avoided paying at least £25,000 in tax. Added together, the total amount of tax not paid amounted to under £1m.

Treasury minister Stephen Gauke said that the list sent a “clear signal that cheating on tax is wrong.”

Stephen Camm, tax partner at PwC, said the list, due to be updated every three months, was effective as one part of a wider strategy to clamp down on tax evasion.