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Tax evasion earns longer prison sentences

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The average length of prison sentences for tax evasion increased by 10% last year, to two years and seven months, according to figures seen by Pinsent Masons.

Steven Porter, partner at Pinsent Masons, said that HMRC and the Crown Prosecution Service have been arguing for tax evasion to be considered in more serious categories of offence. The maximum penalty for income tax evasion in the UK is a seven-year prison sentence or an unlimited fine. In 2017/18, 1,010 individuals were charged with offences relating to tax evasion.

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