Just before the Jubilee weekend, 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 in the Midlands - extension of work already underway in 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. Almost 30 companies have been prosecuted under the initial exercise, and HMRC is projecting a yield of more than £13m. HMRC hopes that taking in the Midlands will add another £2.5m to that total.
Even with regular updates to AccountingWEB’s tax taskforce tracker, it can be difficult to monitor all of HMRC’s current compliance campaigns. By our estimates, some 25 campaigns have now been undertaken since the beginning of 2011; with around 20 or so more due to be set in train during 2012/13.
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