In an announcement on 9 June 2011 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has stated their intention to target ‘tax dodgers’ in the restaurant trade.
The initial focus of the taskforces will be North West England, London and Scotland with more to follow later in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.
The following statement has been issued by HMRC:
‘The taskforces will tackle rule-breakers and evaders quickly and effectively. The first taskforce in Scotland will focus on the restaurant trade over the coming weeks.
Honest businesses have absolutely nothing to worry about. Only those who choose to break the rules, or deliberately evade the tax they should be paying, will be targeted.
But HMRC is clear – if you deliberately seek to evade tax we can and will track you down and you’ll face not only a heavy fine, but possible a criminal prosecution as well.’
HMRC has also published the number of their Tax Evasion Hotline and is encouraging people to ring if they are aware of someone who is evading their taxes.