February 22 2013.

Names of deliberate tax defaulters have been published today on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website for the first time.

This is part of HMRC's approach to combating tax evasion and non-compliance by ensuring everyone pays their fair share, creating a level playing field for honest people and businesses, and cracking down on the minority who seek to evade tax.

HMRC has been given the power to publish these names to deter UK taxpayers from deliberately defaulting on their tax obligations. It also encourages the non-compliant to make a full disclosure at the outset of an investigation as doing so means their details will not be published.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: "HMRC is dedicated to clamping down on the small minority of people who break the law, and finding and taking action against tax cheats who try to evade their responsibilities. The publication of these names sends a clear signal that cheating on tax is wrong and reassures people who pay their taxes - the vast majority - that there are consequences for those who refuse to tell HMRC about their full liability. It also encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named."

Details of the first tranche of deliberate defaulters can be found at  

HMRC will update the list of those published on its website each quarter.