Gaming machines seized from Selby pubs in tax evasion crackdown

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Six gambling machines, which owe HM Revenue and Customs around £19,000 in unpaid tax, have been seized from pubs in Selby.

 

Officers from HMRC, with support from Gambling Commission, North Yorkshire Police and Selby District Council, visited five pubs in the town on 20 February 2018.

The operation uncovered the illegally sited and unregistered gaming machines, where duty was not being paid, at all of the premises visited. The machines and £5,500 in cash were seized by HMRC.

Alan Tume, deputy director for Individuals and Small Business Compliance, HMRC, said: “It is the business’s responsibility to register gaming machines and pay duty on machines that pay out cash prizes.

Anyone found illegally operating gaming machines faces the possibility of being fined and having the machines seized.

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission programme director, added: “Keeping crime out of gambling is a priority for us so we were pleased to support HMRC on this operation.”


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