HMRC’s tax receipts from investigations into small and medium-sized businesses have increased by 31% in the last year, according to figures obtained by accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.
“Compliance” investigations into SMEs raised £565m for HMRC in 2012-13, up from £434m in 2011-12 (year ending March 31), Hacker Young said.
In the 2010 Spending Review, the Chancellor set a target to net an extra £7bn a year in additional tax revenues from compliance activity.
“Small businesses are bearing the brunt of HMRC’s tougher approach to tax investigations,” said Roy Maugham, Tax Partner at UHY Hacker Young.
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