In a bid to strength its criminal investigations into tax evasion, HMRC is continuing to ramp up its raids on properties, searching 761 properties in the last year.

The rise represents a 28 per cent increase on 2014/15 when the revenue conducted 593 raids. According to figures provided by Pinsent Masons, this is a 53 per cent increase on five years ago when HMRC conducted 499 property searches.

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