The taxman cometh warning

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Cornish motor traders and restaurant owners are to be targeted by new taskforces, created and trained by HMRC to check and collect tax payments by these businesses.

Robert Bailey

This new taskforce is one of 12 created by HMRC, and aims to collect millions of pounds of unpaid taxes.

The taskforce initiative, that has also seen nine others created, has already captured extra tax, interest and fines totalling more than £50 million.

Robert Bailey, the tax director at Bishop Fleming’s Truro office, said: “Cornish motor traders and restaurant owners can now expect a pre-arranged visit and review of their business records.

“These HMRC taskforces are specialist teams, targeting tax evaders by undertaking intensive spot-check investigations to examine business records.”

The HMRC taskforce initiative is part of the government’s plan to crack down on tax evasion. Exchequer Secretary, David Gauke, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion – everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full.”