HMRC targets doorstep sellers

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has launched a new campaign to target tax evasion by people selling directly to customers either on the doorstep or to businesses.

The scheme which will last until the end of February 2013 and is targeting self-employed direct sellers, including agents, consultants, representatives or distributors.  Under the scheme those with outstanding tax bills will be able to settle them and face lower penalties for disclosure.

The campaign is the latest in a series by HMRC as they attempt to clamp down on the so called ‘black’ economy.  Previously they have targeted eBay traders, mini cab drivers, fast food outlets and tradesmen such as plumbers and electricians.

The campaigns have so far proved successful in generating nearly £510m in tax revenues and a further £120m in follow-up activity.

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