Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which is the principal prosecuting authority for cases involving alleged tax evasion, take a vigorous approach to pursuing those who do not pay their appropriate share of tax.
In many cases, HMRC will deal with instances of tax fraud through civil fraud investigation proceedings but in cases where the fraudulent conduct involved is particularly serious, or where it is felt that there exists a need to send a strong deterrent message, HMRC will pursue criminal prosecutions. Cases decided in recent years in which company directors have overseen large-scale tax fraud through the use of pensions schemes have resulted in these directors serving custodial sentences, with confiscation proceedings utilised to recover the sums in question.
Pensions schemes can be used to commit fraud due to the tax relief available on pensions contributions. Income tax repayments can then be fraudulently claimed, without these contributions having in fact been made. If you are accused of having taken part in pension scheme fraud it is in your best interest to consult an experienced fraud solicitor at the earliest opportunity to prevent your case proceeding to court. The criminal defence team at Wilford Smith have many years’ experience in successfully defending clients in tax cases, and have the required skills, knowledge and determination to ruthlessly develop a top-level strategy on your behalf.
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