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£8.6m tax fraud arrest in East Sussex
8:30pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
A man has been arrested on suspicion of filing more than £8 million of fraudulent income tax forms.
The 26-year-old from East Sussex was arrested on Monday (February 11) as HM Revenue and Customs launched a crackdown on £90 million worth of tax cheats across the South East.
The arrested man was suspected of making a fraudulent Income Tax Self Assessment repayment claim to HMRC estimated at £8.6 million.
He was released on bail until March 12 while enquiries continue.
The arrest was not directly linked to the taskforce launched yesterday (February 12).
David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “This taskforce is targeting people who are not playing by the rules. Most of us pay what we should.
“We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and will crack down on those who break the rules.
“HMRC is on track to collect more than £50 million as a result of taskforces launched in 2011-12.
“We expect over £90 million from this year’s taskforces.”
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