HMRC ramps up taskforce campaign

HMRC has published the details of eight more taskforces ranging from the Scottish fishing industry to Midlands hauliers and the holiday industry around the country.

Since the taskforces got rolling in 2011 HMRC is now reporting they’ve raised more than £80m and expects to bring in more than £90m per year from new taskforces launched over the next three years.

The new taskforces include...

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"Real" cheats

the_Poacher | | Permalink

These task forces seem to target groups where a significant percentage may have broken the letter of one or more laws.  Starbucks, Vodaphone, Amazon, Google et al may possillby have broken the spirit of the law, but no one has sggested that they've broken the letter of the law. Just what do you expect HMRC to do?

everyones a cheat    1 thanks

benten | | Permalink

Whilst people maybe correct in believing the fat cats are immoral in the efforts they go to to minimise their liabilities. All of my clients want to minimise their tax liabilities, but they can only afford my limited skills and know how. Breaking the law gets on my wick and they deserve to get caught. What i don't like is hmrc's apparent lack of ability in identifying the proper clients to go after.

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Agreed    2 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I would like to see HMRC pursue people who operate 'serial' ltd co's for a year or two, make large profits, never submit anything or pay tax, close the company and start again with a new one. It seems to be tax evasion with the blessing and cooperation of HMRC & Co. Hse.

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I watched

johnjenkins | | Permalink

border control the other night. Customs targeted A classy Indian restaurant. Yes, lo and behold illegals working for "bed and board". Two of them had been caught before and were let off, as they were this time because they didn't have a passsport and border control had to wait at least 6 months before travel documents came through. This is just the tip of the iceberg. "Bed and Board (yer right)" perk, tax evasion? The point of this story is, that with all this going on and the big boys getting away with loopholes, it little wonder there is (according to HMRC) tax avoidance or even evasion by jeo public. Of course it's not right but until Government "get a grip" it will get worse. As someone previously posted HMRC need to stop hitting the tax payers who are actually putting money into the economy.

spirit vs letter

Ian_mcdonald | | Permalink

the_Poacher wrote:

These task forces seem to target groups where a significant percentage may have broken the letter of one or more laws.  Starbucks, Vodaphone, Amazon, Google et al may possillby have broken the spirit of the law, but no one has sggested that they've broken the letter of the law. Just what do you expect HMRC to do?

The problem for the big boys is that they get lazy and can't be bothered to always leave the country to negotiate and sign the deals - then they end up breaking the letter of the law - so the revenue could go after them.