Posted by Nick Day on 21 Nov 2012

HMRC Targets South East Rental Property Businesses

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has since May 2011 been using various “task forces” to target perceived tax evasion amongst certain trades, sector and locations.

The latest task force teams to be launched by HMRC will home in on those not paying the right amount of tax in the following sectors/trades:

  1. The rental property sector in the South East, and
  2. The “rag trade” industry (manufacturing, wholesale, retail and textile recycling) in the Midlands, North Wales and North West, and
  3. The alcohol industry in Scotland.

These task forces are expected to raise approximately £17million, and David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, stated:

“The vast majority of people play by the rules.  We will not tolerate tax evasion and will crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.  It cannot be fair that, while most people are paying the right tax, a tiny minority are not paying what they should.  HMRC is on target to collect more than £50 million as a result of taskforces launched in 2011-12.”

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See also…

HMRC Guidance Wrong on Directors Tax Returns

HMRC Free to Access Taxpayer Bank Accounts

HMRC Task Force Targets South West Property Owners

HMRC to Force Accelerated Payment of Inheritance Tax

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