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Tax fraud sentences rise as HMRC and CPS toughen up


A Government clampdown on tax evasion has led to a 25% increase in the average length of custodial sentences for tax fraud. Analysis by Pinsent Masons shows that custodial sentences increased from three years and three months to just over four years in the past year, for offences including tax evasion, VAT, excise duty and customs duty fraud. Olga Tocewicz, senior associate at the firm, said: "Both individuals and businesses are facing stringent additional new laws for offshore tax evasion later this year, and should anyone be caught out by these rules, they may face an even lengthier sentence."

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