You can report someone to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) if you think they’re committing VAT fraud - you don’t have to give your name.

You can report VAT fraud online or by telephone.

Customs 24 hour hotline
0800 595 000
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For your own safety, don’t:

  • try to find out more about the fraud
  • let anyone know you’re reporting it
  • encourage anyone to commit a crime so you can get more information

What is VAT fraud?

VAT fraud is a type of tax evasion. It happens when a business doesn’t charge VAT when they should, or charges you VAT but doesn’t pay it to HMRC. They might:

  • ask you to pay cash to avoid paying VAT on a sale or job
  • ask you to make the payment to someone other than the business, or several payments to different people or businesses
  • not be registered for VAT when they should be
  • claim to have applied for a VAT number when they haven’t
  • use a VAT number that’s false or belongs to someone else - check a UK VAT number is valid

Example

An electrician does some work on your house. They offer to accept a cash-in-hand payment to save you VAT on the cost of the job. Accepting cash to avoid VAT is tax evasion, which is against the law.

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