GOTCHA: Lancashire tax cheats pinpointed on interactive map

An excerpt from HMRC's map shows criminal convictions for tax fraud in Lancashire
An excerpt from HMRC's map shows criminal convictions for tax fraud in Lancashire
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Lancashire’s tax cheats are to be pinpointed in an online map.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not name the offenders, but gives details of their crime and sentence.

The graphic allows residents to see the impact of HMRC’s work.

It shows convictions resulting in jail sentences since April 2013, and the locations of HMRC taskforces since they were introduced in 2011.

Among cases highlighted is a £1m VAT probe centred on Catforth, Preson, where building company director, John Smith, 45, of Catforth Road, was jailed with another man after faking documents linked to Lancashire’s building trade.

A Preston-based investigation that resulted a man being jailed for 42 months for evading £33,673 of tax duty on hand-rolling tobacco and cigarettes is also featured.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said: “Investigators are catching tax cheats in every corner of the country and we want people to be able to see the outcome of this enforcement action.”