A new taskforce
targeting scrap metal dealers who are deliberately failing to pay
the right amount of tax has been launched today by H M Revenue
The taskforce will pursue scrap metal dealers in Scotland and has
been set up to tackle tax evasion where the risk is high. It is
one of five taskforces announced today that have been set up to
tackle tax evasion in different areas of the country.
The new taskforces will target:
* scrap metal dealers in Scotland, focusing on those who are
deliberately suppressing their income or inflating expenditure to
evade paying tax
* construction traders who are self employed
or run their own company who suppress sales or over-claim expenses
in the North West and North Wales
* taxpayers not submitting
their statutory returns across Corporation Tax, Income tax Self
Assessment, PAYE and VAT in the South East
* fast food outlets
deliberately falsifying their records and mis-declaring their true
sales levels to avoid paying the correct taxes in Scotland
landlords – owning or renting three or more properties – evading
their tax responsibilities in North West and North Wales.
Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts
of compliance activity in specific high risk trade sectors and
locations across the UK.
David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said:
“We will not
tolerate those who break the rules. This taskforce will come down
hard on scrap metal dealers and their customers or suppliers who
have chosen to break the rules or deliberately evade the tax they
should be paying. This is just the start.
“It doesn’t matter who you are - HMRC can and will track you
down. You will face a heavy fine, a possible criminal prosecution
and ultimately jail. Honest businesses have nothing to worry about.
“Taskforces are a direct result of the Government’s £917m
spending review re-investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and
fraud, which aims to raise an additional £7bn each year by 2014/15.”
HMRC is planning 12 taskforces in 2011/12, the first of which was
launched in May, and more to follow in 2012/13.
If you are aware of someone who is evading their taxes you can
tell HMRC via the Tax Evasion Hotline by phone on 0800 788 887,
email, or by post. Full details can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/tax-evasion/index.htm
Notes for editors 1. Taskforces bring
together various HMRC compliance and enforcement teams for
intensive bursts of activity targeted at specific sectors and
locations where there is evidence of high risk of tax evasion. The
first taskforces, launched on 12 May 2011, targeted the restaurant
2. The taskforces are part of the Department’s broader work to
tackle evasion and avoidance, including Managing Deliberate
Defaulters, Campaigns and Offshore penalties.
3. Compliance activity through taskforces targets the
highest-risk cases in specific sectors and location, typically
focusing on groups of up to around 600 customers.
4. Taskforces aimed at the restaurant sector were launched in
May/June in London, the North West of England and Scotland. A
taskforce aimed at London fast food outlets was launched in July.
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