Speedboat among £5.1m of assets seized in tax fraud investigation | Politics


British and Dutch authorities have seized more than €6m (£5.1m) worth of assets – including luxury cars, a speedboat and properties – from an Anglo-Dutch couple accused of running a multinational tax avoidance scheme.

Dozens of officers raided the couple’s homes in Macclesfield, the Netherlands and Austria in a complex international tax fraud investigation. A 46-year-old woman from Macclesfield was arrested during the raid, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 51-year-old Dutch man in connection with allegations of money laundering and multimillion-pound tax avoidance.

The authorities seized a Bentley, a Jaguar and a BMW, as well as a speedboat, cash, computers and two villas in the Netherlands.

Paul Maybury, assistant director of fraud investigations at HM Revenue & Customs, said: “We are working closely with our partners in the Netherlands and Austria to tackle suspected tax evasion.

“The vast majority of taxpayers pay the tax they owe, but where we suspect people aren’t paying what’s due, we will use our full range of powers to ensure that nobody is beyond our reach. People cannot hide money offshore thanks to this international cooperation.

“Businesses that commit tax fraud are not just stealing from the public purse, but also have an unfair advantage over honest businesses who pay the right taxes.”

Dutch prosecutors said the raids, which involved 28 British officers, were launched after the couple withdrew more than €300,000 (£256,000) in cash using credit cards linked to offshore accounts. The Dutch authorities said they suspected the couple, who own a marketing company in Manchester, committed tax fraud via a complex web of companies and offshore bank accounts in several…

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