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Nearly 700 tax cheats convicted in 2013

Accountancy Age

NEARLY 700 tax fraudsters were convicted over the course of 2013, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed. Between January and the end of November, HMRC investigations led to 690 successful convictions – up from 477 in 2012, and the highest since the 2010 Spending Review. The investigations covered everything from complex VAT, income tax and benefit frauds to smuggling cases. Among those investigations was Operation Hornbeam, which smashed a £26m…

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