Today, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced six new Taskforces in its drive to clamp down on tax evasion.
Taskforces have been used by HMRC since 2011 and already they have targeted Scottish landlords, restaurateurs, fast food outlets and scrap metal dealers, as well as others sectors in different parts of the UK.
The six new Taskforces will target market traders in London, taxi firms in Yorkshire and East Midlands, landlords in East Anglia, London, Yorkshire and the North East of England and restaurateurs in the Midlands.
Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake “intensive bursts of compliance” activity in specific high risk trade sectors and locations in the UK. The teams will visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.
HMRC launched 12 Taskforces in 2011/12. The 6 just announced form part of a total of 30 planned for launching in 2012/13.
If you are affected by this announcement, or have any other concern about tax, please contact Richard Green or Tricia Halliday in our Tax Department.