HMRC Expands Taskforce
HMRC expanded its compliance and enforcement programme by announcing a wave of new taskforces to investigate evasion in specific commercial and geographical sectors:
- Property rentals in East Anglia, London, Leeds, York, Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Durham and Sunderland; expected to recover more than £17m
- Restaurants – taskforce in West Midlands, Scotland, North West and London; expected to recover £2.5m
- Taxi firms in Nottingham, Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire; expected yield £2m
- Taskforce targeting London’s market traders announced 31 May; expected yield £1.85m
The task force focusing on restaurants will extend the geographical reach of similar campaigns that have already targeted establishments in London, the North West and Scotland.
Around 45 companies have been prosecuted under the initial exercise, and HMRC is projecting a yield of more than £13m.