Six new taskforces launched by HMRC

HMRC has launched six new taskforces with the aim of recovering up to £23 million from traders who fail to pay the taxes they owe.

The latest taskforces, which target specific 'high risk' sectors in certain areas around the UK, form part of HMRC's wider plans to launch 30 more over the coming tax year.

The specialist teams will undertake intensive investigative activity by carrying out spot checks and examining business records. It will particularly focus on:

  • Indoor and outdoor market traders in London
  • Taxi firms in Yorkshire and East Midlands
  • Property landlords in East Anglia, London, Yorkshire
  • Restaurants in the Midlands.

Exchequer secretary David Gauke said: "We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion - everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full.

"We are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should."

HMRC is on target to collect more than £50 million as a result of the 12 taskforces it launched in the past year, which targeted sectors such as fast food outlets, scrap metal dealers and landlords.

The three-fold increase in the number of taskforces forms part of the Government's £917 million step-up to tackle tax evasion and fraud.

In addition to its taskforces, HMRC also launches various campaigns throughout the year allowing those who may not have paid the correct amount tax to come forward and settle their affairs. It is to plan three future campaigns in 2012 targeting direct sellers -such as door-to-door sales -, missing self-assessment tax returns and the home improvement sector.

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