Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity in specific high risk trade sectors and locations in the UK. The teams will visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforces have recovered more than £500 million since they were launched five years ago.
The targeted bursts of enforcement activity have brought in progressively higher amounts every year, and the total now stands at more than £540 million. This includes nearly £250 million raised in 2015-16 alone, almost double the previous year’s yield.
Since 2011, HMRC has launched more than 140 taskforces targeting sectors that are at the highest risk of tax fraud including the retail sector, the tobacco industry and the adult entertainment industry.
Jennie Granger, Director-General for Enforcement and Compliance at HMRC, said:
The message is clear: if you try to cheat on your tax…
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