HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it is doubling the number of specialist officers cracking down on labour providers who fail to pay their tax.
These specialist officers are expected to bring in an additional half a billion pounds of tax over the next four years.
The extra 100 officers will offer free health checks to businesses to help them use legitimate labour providers and tackle fraud within the industry. Those found guilty of tax evasion could face jail.
David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “This government has invested £900m in HMRC to crack down on people who break the rules. Expanding these teams will help make sure that we bring in the additional money that the UK needs.
“They aim to stop tax losses and increase tax yields by more than half a billion pounds over the next four years. Gangmasters who think they can exploit their staff and the tax system need to think again.”