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'Most Wanted' tax cheats exposed

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will today publish online pictures of 'Most Wanted' tax fugitives in an effort to hunt down the UK's biggest tax cheats.

HMRC will publish the photographs on its flickr channel and ask members of the public to assist in tracking them down. The fraudsters are tax criminals who have absconded after being charged with a crime or during trial.

Whilst HMRC have previously used information gathering techniques, with the assistance of Crimestoppers in an attempt to capture the individuals, this will be the first time that the Revenue have published photographs and details of the crimes for public access.

The Exchequer Secretary, David Gauke commented that the government are 'absolutely committed' to tackling the problem of tax evasion and that the HMRC will do what they can to pursue those concerned 'relentlessly'. The criminals have so far collectively cost the taxpayer £765 million and have the potential to cause future costs of up to £10 billion.

The 'Most Wanted' list is the latest in series of moves by HMRC to increase tax revenues after the government invested £900 million in an effort to drive revenues up by £7 billion each year.

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