HMRC targets Building Trades

HMRC has announced new plans to investigate roofers, brick-layers, carpenters and other self-employed tradesmen who do not file their tax returns but are liable to pay tax at the highest rate.

Other groups that will be subject to more stringent investigations include people who receive income from buying and selling goods directly to others or are paid commission such as catalogue sellers.

In their latest campaign, HMRC is targeting those who fall outside of the regular PAYE bracket.  Previously electricians and those using the internet to buy and sell goods were also subjected to similar investigations.

HMRC’s head of campaigns, Marian Wilson, said: “Using new technology, we have been able to analyse returns to HMRC covering a range of taxes, and by cross-referencing these with other information we are able build a picture of where we believe taxpayers have been missing returns. “

“We are offering all the people targeted the opportunity to come forward.  Penalties will be higher if we come and find people after the opportunity and a criminal investigation may also result.  I therefore urge them to disclose unpaid tax voluntarily.”


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