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HMRC shock - many landlords named and shamed over tax

HM Revenue & Customs has named and shamed a string of landlords who, it claims, have collectively avoided many millions of pounds in tax.

The names are contained in a longer list of people who allegedly defrauded the Revenue of at least £25,000 in tax - although in one case the sum appears to be well over £4m.

On the website containing the names, HMRC makes it clear that while each case involves a named individual and their address, there are caveats.

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For example, the named person may have changed their behaviour, or may no longer be at the published address, or the business linked to the defrauding individual may now be owned by a completely different person behaving perfectly legally. 

The categories included in the HMRC shame list are ‘rental property’ or ‘property developing’ or ‘property tax advising’.

 

HMRC has strict rules about publishing the names and financial details of tax defaulters, who it defines as being those who have received penalties for deliberate errors in their tax returns or deliberately failing to comply with their tax obligations. The details are published only after the completion of a formal tax investigation and the issuing of penalties for defaulting.

The latest list - which includes defrauders operating in other industries as diverse as cleaning to restaurants, can be found here.

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    Strange thing that, why don't they prosecute them ?

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    They are mainly small fish. Their are 130k non doms in this country, how much r they evading ? Oops sorry a chancellor's family and a former chancellor use this excuse, so that's ok !

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    So much for confidentiality though. I thought that was in the so-called Taxpayers' (oops 'Customers') Charter.

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    No expert and not defending but is there not some firm if data protection if it’s not gone legal.

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    Very surprising long list big amounts in all walks of life, penalties are huge, false benefit claimants seem to be missing here, are exempt or it’s ok to receive.

  • George Dawes

    Seeing how the government waste our taxes I don’t blame them tbh

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    My goodness - let's hope HMRC haven't actually made administrative errors and just not updated their records and overlooked payments. What has happened to GDPR?

  • George Dawes

    No mention of Amazon etc …

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    The tax system is often unfair to private landlords. It seems wrong to me that letting property is not treated as a business for inheritance tax purposes- why should all the money be taken for tax instead of being available for property improvements in the future- and to reduce rents for tenants, as well.

    Also we are unable to gain tax relief for our own work, and the amount of work and time that I have spent on the properties has been virtually equivalent to a full-time job - Youtube has been a great help though in learning how to do things properly.

    The amount of income tax that HMRC loses through tax evasion will pale into insignificance compared with the amount they will lose (legally) when landlords sell up. The capital gains tax benefit that they will gain is a one off benefit for them only.

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    Pulled that ceiling down today and cut some bushes and trees back, now if I were paying someone to do that for me £50 an hour ? x 6 hrs £300, now I will earn once the property is re let but I will be told that is unearned income, of course being a landlord in tenants eyes is not work, we just sit in the sun watching that money roll into our bank accounts.

     
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    You sound as though you have done a wonderful job Andrew!

     
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    Not yet Ellie, still got to make good the repair

     
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    Taking that ceiling down was a very big job - you have probably done the worst part.

     
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    Shame I can't put the names up of the numpties at HMRC who, after six months have still failed to credit me the 7.8k worth of tax rebate.
    One response last week started "sorry we have been delayed because of covid..."....you will all be relieved to know that covid didn't however cause any delays when they send out my tax bill!!

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