SOUTH YORKSHIRE: Crackdown launched on tax-dodging taxi firms

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A NEW taskforce has been set up to tackle tax evasion by taxi firms in South Yorkshire.

The group, created by HM Revenue and Customs, will investigate suspected fraudsters in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, East Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and is expected to recover more than £2 million from tax dodgers.

Taskforces are specialist teams which carry out intensive investigations in specific industries and locations in the UK.

The teams will visit traders to examine their records and carry out other searches.

David Gauke, the exchequer secretary, said: “HMRC is on target to collect more than £50m as a result of the taskforces launched in 2011/12.

“We have made it clear we will not tolerate tax evasion – everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full.

“We are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.

“It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”

Mike Eland, HMRC director general for enforcement and compliance, said: “These new taskforces will bring together specialists from across HMRC to tackle tax dodgers.

“If you have paid all your taxes you have nothing to worry about, but deliberately evading tax can land you a heavy fine or even a criminal prosecution as well.

“This is not an empty threat - HMRC can and will track you down if you choose to break the rules.”

To shop someone who is not paying their taxes call on 0800 788 887 or contact HM Revenue and customs by email or by post.

See www.hmrc.gov.uk for addresses.