Tax cheats should own up

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A CAMPAIGN to attempt to persuade tax cheats to come clean has been launched by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.

Billboard posters have sprung up around Portsmouth warning cheats that their punishment will only get worse if they fail to own up now.

The government has handed HMRC £917m to tackle the problem of non-payers and to try and recoup upwards of £2bn in payments.

HMRC has also set up a website – gov.uk/sortmytax.

David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘It always makes sense to declare all your income. Tax dodgers are simply storing up trouble for the future.

Getting caught means higher fines, and in the most serious cases criminal prosecution. There is an alternative. Simply visit the new website and make a fresh start.’