Cheating the Revenue

Cheating the Revenue through various types of fraud is a serious offence and if you are found guilty, can potentially be faced with a lengthy prison sentence and/or the confiscation of your assets. At Cartwright King, we understand that genuine mistakes can be made when dealing with your tax and you are therefore innocent until proven guilty. If you are facing an allegation of cheating the Revenue in any way, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor at your earliest convenience and we will deal with your case sensibly and professionally whilst advising you throughout the entire legal process. We are available to represent you anywhere within the country and argue your case for you in court.        

Free Initial Telephone Consultation

Our highly skilled Criminal Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call Gary Broadfield on 0808 168 5550 or email

Cheating the Revenue and the law

The seriousness of cheating the Revenue is such that it is considered to be a common law crime, whereby if you are found guilty, your prison sentence and/or fine can potentially be limitless. There are various ways in which you can cheat the Revenue, with the most serious offences including:

  • VAT fraud
  • Income tax fraud
  • Money laundering

Although these are serious offences, any fraudulent activity that deprives the revenue income can be charged with a severe sentence.

If you have been charged of cheating the revenue, you will be investigated by the Crowns Prosecution Service (CPS) who has the authority to prosecute if you have defrauded any money that belongs to Her Majesty’s Revenue.

Who is the Crowns Prosecution Service (CPS)?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the sole public prosecuting agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales. The main purpose of the CPS is to provide legal advice to the police and other investigative bodies during the course of a respective criminal investigation to deter what charges should be enforced and whether the prosecution should take place in a Magistrates’ or a Crown Court.

Regardless of whether it is the police or prosecutors who charge you, it will be the CPS who would conduct the case as they will generally present it in court throughout the entirety of the trial.

What is your defence?

Although cheating the Revenue is a serious offence, there are strong defences that can be made to either lessen the sentence or not receive one at all. More often than not, the Revenue may be willing to come to a financial settlement to avoid the expenses and wasted time of a prosecution. 

How we can help

We acknowledge that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and therefore are entitled to a fair trial to argue their case in court. If you have been accused of cheating the Revenue, our Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of the trial. We therefore promise to:

  • Represent you in court
  • Advise you throughout the entire process
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Argue your case
  • Prepare an appeal if necessary

Given the broad area of law surrounding cheating the Revenue, we will ensure to deal with your case by finding all of the facts and circumstances. During the entirety of the proceedings, we promise to demonstrate professionalism at all times and apply the best possible defence for you.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of cheating the Revenue can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Criminal Defence Solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleLondon Fleet StreetLutonManchesterMiddlesbroughMilton KeynesNewcastleNorthamptonNottinghamOxfordSheffield and Worcester.

For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

You can always call us on 0808 168 5550 or email


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