Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

East Anglia: HMRC begins crackdown on tax dodgers with the restaurant trade

09:49 12 February 2014

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke.

HM Revenue & Customs has today launched a taskforce to tackle tax avoidance in the restaurant sector across London and the East of England.

HMRC says it has seen an increased risk of fraudulent activity in the restaurant industry and the taskforce is expected to recover £3million across the target area, which includes Suffolk and Essex.

Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity in specific high-risk trade sectors and locations in the UK, with teams visiting traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “The people being targeted by these taskforces have no intention of playing by the rules. This Government has made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we have provided HMRC with the resources to crack down on those who break the law.”

HMRC has collected more than £130m as a result of taskforces launched since 2011 and expects to bring in more than £90m from taskforces launched in over the next 12 months.

Jennie Granger, HMRC’s director general of Enforcement and Compliance, said: “HMRC taskforces are deployed in sectors and areas where we’ve detected a high risk of tax evasion. If you haven’t declared all your income we will find you and investigate. Not only could you face a heavy fine, but a criminal prosecution as well.”

Another taskforce launched by HMRC today will target hidden wealth, including people with offshore accounts and those living lifetles beyond their obvious means, in East Anglia and London, and is expected to recover £2.4m.

A taskforce targeting hidden wealth had also been launched in south Wales, and another in the Midlands targeting the construction sector.

HMRC is currently running the third stage of an evasion publicity campaign, using traditional and non-traditional advertising, including radio, train car panels, washroom posters and mirror stickers.

The campaign works alongside existing compliance activity such as data collection, taskforces and enforcement to raise awareness among those breaking the rules that HMRC is closing in on undeclared income.

There is also an HMRC Tax Evasion Hotline, on 0800 788 887, which people can call to report anyone they suspect of tax evasion.

2 comments

  • How about tackling big business who genuinely cost the country hundreds of millions rather than restauranteurs who avoid a couple of grand at most. Perhaps because it's easier to hammer SMEs, and they have also lost about 15,000 staff in the last few years and are due to lose another 10,000 over the next 14 months, therefore no longer have the expertise or resources to trouble the big companies. Shambles of an organisation targeting completely the wrong tax avoiders.

    Report this comment

    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • You can see why lots of takeaways do not take credit cards only cash

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Honey Rose arriving at Ipswich Crown Court during her trial

An eye expert who missed serious abnormalities in the eyes of an “active and football loving” Ipswich schoolboy who later died has walked free from court after being given a suspended prison sentence.

Terminally ill Skye Biggs, pictured with her mother Lana Heath and brother together with Felixstowe Mayor and consort Jan and Jon Garfield and Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service and Felixstowe Rugby club, who teamed up to do a charity boat pull at The Prom, Felixstowe  to help raise cash to send Skye and her family to Peppa Pig World. 
Picture: Stephen Waller 
www.stephenwaller.com

Family of a five-year-old terminally-ill little girl had a simple message for the public today – thank you for making her dream come true!

Binge-drinker's night out ban

A binge-drinking plasterer has been banned from going out on Fridays and Saturdays after assaulting a police officer while being drunk and disorderly.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A Felixstowe bricklayer told magistrates he was ashamed after swearing at police while drunk and telling them taking him to court would be a waste of time.

Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp at the top of the Transfagarasan highway in Transylvania.

Two Suffolk adventurers who are walking to Nepal in tribute to a young mother-of-two who died from a brain tumour are currently making their way through Romania.

Readers have shared their Pigs Gone Wild selfies and family photos as the trail reaches its final few days in Ipswich

We will miss them when they are gone but there are still seven days left to see the pigs in situ around Ipswich town centre.

Arson at farm in Wherstead

Police are hunting an arsonist after tractors and farm equipment were destroyed in a fire on the outskirts of Ipswich.

A golden retriever puppy. Stock image.

Residents across Suffolk are being urged to be vigilant against illegally imported animals after a puppy had to be put into quarantine in Stowmarket.

Former Felixstowe councillor Dot Paddick

Tributes have been paid to a former community leader, described by her colleagues as colourful and charismatic, who has died at the age of 79.

Ipswich Crown Court

A dishonest Ipswich man who was caught by police after his DNA was found at the scene of two break-ins and a theft has been jailed for 20 months.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24