Naming and Shaming, HMRC published guidelines.

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HMRC will publish details of deliberate tax defaulters, these are people who’ve received penalties either for:

  • deliberate errors in their tax returns
  • deliberately failing to comply with their tax obligations

The law that allows this is Section 94 Finance Act 2009.

We may publish information about a deliberate tax defaulter where:

  • HMRC have carried out an investigation and the person has been charged one or more penalties for deliberate defaults
  • those penalties involve tax of more than £25,000

However, their information won’t be published if the person earns the maximum reduction of the penalties by fully disclosing details of the defaults.

HMRC will publish enough information to identify the:

  • deliberate tax defaulter
  • penalties imposed for their deliberate defaults
  • amount of tax on which those penalties are based

We publish this information once these penalties are final. A penalty becomes final on either the:

  • day after the end of the appeal period if the person doesn’t make an appeal
  • date when an appeal is finally determined
  • date when a contract settlement is made

The law requires that we do not publish any information about the person for more than 12 months from the date we first publish it, and the lists of deliberate tax defaulters won’t be captured for the National Archives.


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