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HMRC: Pubs and takeaways among tax dodgers

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Image caption HMRC will publish a list of tax dodgers every three months

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published its second list of tax defaulters, as it tries to shame people into paying up.

The list contains 15 names owing more than £25,000 in tax, including two pubs and a tandoori takeaway.

The owners have been fined amounts ranging between £15,000 and just over £1m for deliberate errors on their tax returns, or for failing to pay.

The highest fine on the first list published in February was £291,000.

In the new list, Paymaster Ltd of Birmingham, described by HMRC as a labour provider, was fined £1.1m.

The owner of a tandoori restaurant and takeaway in Blackpool was fined £19,201.

Two pubs are also on the list: Dan McKay's Bar in Troon in Ayrshire, and the Kippax in Newton Heath in Greater Manchester.

In total, the 15 individuals and small businesses on the latest list owe £4.6m in tax.

So far none of them has paid the tax or the fine imposed on them.

At the time the first list was published, the government defended itself against criticism that it was pursuing individual tax dodgers, but ignoring large corporations that had avoided tax.

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