HMRC, or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, is the name of a British governmental department, established in 2005, responsible for tax, national insurance, and government support. The creation of the agency was announced by the Queen herself in 2004.

Meaning and history

HMRC Logo history

HMRC is a department of the government of the United Kingdom, which is responsible for tax revenue, national insurance, support issuance, and tax violations investigation.

The agency was created as a result of a merger between HM Customs & Excise and Inland Revenue, which was announced in the Queen’s speech in 2004.

What is HMRC?

HMRC is an abbreviation for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the UK governmental agency, responsible for tax and government support. The organization investigates serious tax violations and controls the issuance of state insurance. 

As for the visual identity, the HMRC has been pretty constant throughout the years of its existence, and the logo was only slightly refreshed once, to make the look of the organization more modern and up-to-date. Although the color palette and the composition remained completely untouched from 2005.

2005 – 2013

HMRC Logo 2005

The original HMRC logo was designed in 2005 and featured a combination of a classy emblem enclosed into a circular frame, followed by the two-leveled inscription on its right. Both elements were executed in an intense turquoise color. The HMRC emblem is a crown, with two arched segments and a Maltese cross in the center. As for the inscription, it was set in a bold and elegant sans-serif typeface, which is pretty close to Stalemate Pro Medium font.

2013 – Today


With the redesign of 2013, the HMRC logo kept its color palette, but switched the colors between the elements, placing white emblem and lettering over a solid turquoise background. Although the version with bright logotype and graphical on white can also be seen today. That was not the only change. The emblem was refined and got a bit smaller, moving from the left side of the badge to the upper left corner, with the inscription getting larger. The “HM Revenue & Customs” was now set in bigger letters with more air between the words, and the typeface was changed to a cleaner and lighter one. Now the wordmark is set in a font, which is very similar to iconic Helvetica. Another new thing on the logo from 2013 is a white vertical line on the left of the badge, a king of partial framing, which adds a sense of professionalism and sets borders.