A taskforce tackling tax dodgers in fast food outlets in East Anglia was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The taskforce will recover £5 million.

David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said:

“This taskforce is targeting people who are not playing by the rules. Most of us pay what we should. We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and will crack down on those who break the rules. “

“HMRC is on track to collect more than £50 million as a result of taskforces launched in 2011-12. We expect over £90 million from this year’s taskforces.”

 

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, Director General Enforcement and Compliance, said:

“Most people and businesses voluntarily comply, so it is important we deal firmly with those who don’t.  

“The message is clear - if you choose to defraud the tax system or seek to evade tax, we can and will track you down. You will face not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well.”

Taskforces tackling tax evasion in Northern Ireland, Self Assessment repayments in London and the South East and jewellery trade in the Midlands were also launched today.

Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity in specific high risk trade sectors and locations in the UK. The teams may visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.

Taskforces are a result of the Government’s £917 million spending review investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011-12, which aims to raise an additional £7 billion each year by 2014-15.

If you know anyone who is evading their taxes, you can tell HMRC via the Tax Evasion Hotline by phone, on 0800 788 887, by email or by post.