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HMRC warns tax cheats

HMRC has launched a new advertising campaign warning people to declare their income before it is too late.

It has said the new campaign is part of a 'targeted approach' to help taxpayers pay 'the right amount of tax at the right time'. The campaign uses outside advertising and is the latest step taken by the Revenue to target tax fraud. The government has invested up to £917 million in order to tackle tax evasion.

The campaign will run for two weeks from today and involves billboards and adverts in bus shelters and phone boxes.

Exchequer secretary to the Treasury David Gauke did admit 'most people play by the rules' but insisted that HMRC would continue its campaign of 'closing in' on tax cheats. He warned that tax 'dodgers' were simply 'storing up trouble for the future' and urged those in question to 'make a fresh start'.

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