Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance and benefits scamElina Jaksone and Gagik Manucharyan exploited other immigrantsPromised to get them car insurance but lied to secure cheaper dealsCheated taxpayers out of 340,000 by failing to report earnings to HMRCSpent cash on holidays in Jamaica By Hugo Gye and Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 13:09 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 11 April 2013 An immigrant couple who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle have been jailed for what is believed to be the biggest car insurance scam of its kind in Britain. Latvian Elina Jaksone and her Cypriot partner Gagik Manucharyan raked in close to 1million by duping hundreds of innocent motorists with a ‘ghost’ insurance scheme. They offered cut-price insurance by using false details, leaving customers involved in accidents totally exposed and without any of the coverage they paid for
Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court Chief prosecutor Keir Starmer is aiming for a fivefold increase in tax evasion cases that go to court He will warn tax evasion is not a 'victimless crime' and costs every family 769-a-yearHM Revenue and Customs steps up investigations into global firmsLabour warns against taking eye of global firms costing Treasury billions By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 12:25 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:42 GMT, 22 January 2013 Middle earners who dodge tax will be targeted in a major crackdown by the Crown Prosecution Service. In a hard-hitting speech tonight, the Director of Public Prosecutions will condemn those who fail to pay their dues – from lawyers to plumbers.
How dull must your Christmas Day be if you'd rather fill out an online tax return Maybe ask one of the 1,500 people who did | UPDATED: 18:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 While most of us spent Christmas Day enjoying good food and a well-earned break with family, some Britons were not so lucky. More than 1,500 broke off festivities on Tuesday to fill out their tax returns – an increase of 40 per cent on last year. And Christmas Day was not the only day to be filled with onerous duties, as thousands knuckled down to do their taxes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too
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Prince Charles reported to the revenue over 'well entrenched tax avoidance scheme' on 18m earnings | UPDATED: 12:51 GMT, 15 December 2012 Prince Charles, seen in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, pays income tax on the Duchy Prince Charles has been reported to the taxman over claims the Duchy of Cornwall is a 'well entrenched tax avoidance scheme'. Clarence House defended the Prince of Wales' financial arrangements today after an organisation compared the royal to Starbucks and Google, who recently come under the spotlight for their tax arrangements. Republic, which campaigns for an elected head of state, said it had written to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, asking them to investigate the 728 million organisation's tax arrangements
Businessman in 34m VAT fraud ordered to pay back just 1m after blowing the rest on lavish champagne lifestyleThomas Scragg, 56, has been jailed for 17 years He has been convicted of leading one of the biggest scams in British fraud history The career criminal spent 14 million living the high-life | UPDATED: 15:06 GMT, 5 December 2012 Champagne lifestyle: Thomas Scragg has been told to pay back just 980,000 after conning UK tax officials out of 34m A businessman who masterminded a 34million VAT scam has been ordered to pay back just 980,000 after a court heard he had blown the rest on a lavish champagne lifestyle. Thomas Scragg, 56, was jailed for 17 years after being convicted of leading one of the biggest scams in British fraud history.
Postmen threaten to ditch half of their deliveries in bid to protect Royal Mail from 'unfair' competitionStrike could happen in New Year and all non-Royal Mail post would just be ignoredUnions say commercial competitors are costing jobs and don't have to meet same standards of service or payRoyal Mail has been criticised for putting up price of stamps Its delivery arm made a profit for the first time in four years this year | UPDATED: 07:51 GMT, 5 December 2012 Postmen are threatening to deliver only half the mail, a militant union warned last night. Thousands of vital letters such as energy bills and bank statements would fail to reach customers if the boycott went ahead – causing chaos for households and businesses. Royal Mail has lost business to the likes of TNT Post and UK Mail over the past seven years
DAILY MAIL COMMENT: 32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers | UPDATED: 09:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 At a time when hard-pressed families struggle desperately against soaring petrol, food and energy bills, the cynical avoidance by major corporations and the super-rich of an estimated 32billion in tax is nothing short of immoral.
Osborne targets big business as Britain is robbed of 32billion taxChancellor George Osborne will try to bring forward a 10billion clampdown on tax avoidance by multinationals and the richThe Commons Public Accounts Committee has accused HM Revenue and Customs of being 'way too lenient' on big companies | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 3 December 2012 Front foot: Chancellor George Osborne will bring forward a 10billion clampdown on tax avoidance by multinationals and the rich Ministers must ‘get a grip’ on the immoral behaviour of corporate giants contributing to Britain’s astonishing 32billion tax shortfall, MPs warn today.
Millionaires' exodus: Two thirds of Britain's top earners 'deserted the UK' after 50p top tax rate was introduced The number of people declaring incomes of more than 1m slumped from 16,000 to 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new tax rules in 2010The amount of tax paid by top earners fell from 13.4billion to 6.5billion as a resultTopTories describe the tax hike as 'ideological' and claimed that the rich will now pay a greater share of the tax burden under the Coalition | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 28 November 2012 Around two thirds of Britain's highest earners deserted the UK after the 50p top rate of tax was introduced, according to figures. While some 16,000 workers declared an income in excess of 1million in the 2009/10 tax year to HM Revenue and Customs, that number dropped to just 6,000 after then Prime Minister Gordon Brown brought in the new tax rules. Tax paid by the top earners fell from 13.4billion before the top tax rate came in to 6.5billion in 2010/11.