HMRC extends its
tax cheats campaigns
AFTER a high profile case
against Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and the former Portsmouth
chairman Milan Mandaric on tax evasion ended in a "not guilty"
verdicts, it might be bad timing, but HM Revenue and Customs
(HMRC) anounced on Wednesday, 8 February 2012 that they will be
launching a new campaign by during the next year aimed at people who
fail to make tax returns and who are liable to pay tax at the
highest tax rates.
In 2 further campaigns, to be launched later in the year, the
department will target trades people working in the home improvement
market, and people who receive income from buying and selling goods
direct to others, or are paid commission.
HMRC will use new technology to search the internet for information
about specified, targeted people and businesses.
The new campaigns will focus on:-
► Missing returns. This will contribute to
wider HMRC activity tackling failure to complete tax returns. It
will initially focus on those who fail to complete tax returns and
who are liable to pay tax at the highest rates.
► Home improvement trades. This will build on campaigns aimed at
plumbers and electricians, and will include several 100,000
tradespeople in construction and building work such as roofing,
window fitting, bricklaying, carpentry and joinery.
► Direct selling. This will target customers who ought to be paying
tax on income they earn from buying and selling goods direct to
others, or from the commission on these sales.
As with previous campaigns, the focus of the new campaigns will be
on providing those in the selected groups, who may not be paying the
tax they owe, a chance to put their affairs in order; on the best
Marian Wilson, of HMRC’s Risk and Intelligence, said that:-
"Most people pay their taxes in full and on time, so it is right
that HMRC works hard to secure payment from those who have not come
forward. Using new technology, we have been able to analyse returns
to HMRC covering a range of taxes and to cross-reference these with
other information to build a picture of where we believe we have
taxpayers with missing returns. We will use the same technology to
analyse information gathered to support the following two campaigns
and for each campaign, after the opportunity has closed, we will use
the information we have to pursue those who choose not to use the
chances we provide to put their affairs in order. 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. A
criminal investigation may also result. I therefore urge them to
disclose unpaid tax voluntarily."
The 2 campaigns that will be launched before the end of 2011/12 will
► E-marketplaces. This will cover those who are using e-marketplaces
to buy and sell goods as a trade or business and who fail to pay the
tax owed. People who only sell a few items and who are not traders
are unlikely to be liable to tax and will not be targeted by this
► Electricians. This will build on HMRC’s plumbers’ campaign and
give an opportunity to another group of tradespeople to come forward
and declare unpaid tax.
More than £500m has been raised by HMRC from voluntary disclosures
and a further £105m from follow-up activity. Previous campaigns have
targeted offshore investments, medical professionals, plumbers, VAT
defaulters and private tutors.
Information on campaigns for 2012, including how people can work
with HMRC to influence their development, can be found
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Coordinator appointed to Liverpool Commercial District
THE businesses in
Liverpool’s Commerical District have now got a dedicated Travel Plan
Coordinator to support and encourage more environmentally-friendly
Tom Foulkes, who formerly worked for Merseytravel’s Environment
Team, will work with businesses in The District to improve access
and overcome issues such as car park overcapacity, helping them to
communicate with staff, visitors and customers on how best to reach
their sites via public transport, walking, cycling and car share.
Tom will also work with organisations to enhance their intranet
sites and marketing activity to support people to travel
Tom’s role is funded through Liverpool Commercial District
Partnership which secured Business Improvement District (BID) status
for the area in a ballot last year. The District will now benefit
from a new investment programme over the next five years designed to
improve the area, boost opportunities for businesses operating
within it and stimulate inward investment.
Liverpool Commercial District Partnership Chair David Guest said:-
"Tom will no doubt prove to be a great asset to the team and the
work he is doing will make a big difference in helping employers
understand and promote sustainable travel and give people access to
practical help and advice on the best ways to get in, out and around
Tom Foulkes added:- "Being accessible is an extremely
important element for business. By working closely with Liverpool’s
Commercial District businesses to develop an area wide travel plan,
we will be supporting them in encouraging sustainable travel to
their sites, making it easier for everybody – whether they own a car
or not - to get to the Commercial District for business or leisure.
All Commercial District businesses, regardless of their size, are
more than welcome to get in touch with me for free advice and
Tom has over 6 years experience in the transport sector and worked
on the award winning EDRF funded Green Transport Plans project. The
project assisted over 50 Merseyside tourist attractions to encourage
visitors to consider greener travel options, resulting in business
benefits for the attractions and improved marketing activity to
making their sites more accessible to more people.
Tom’s remit extends Merseytravel’s existing support to businesses
through the Employers Network, which is funded through Department
for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The Network is
open to all workplaces across Merseyside. Organisations can sign up
to receive free initiatives and tools such as a marketing resources,
staff discounts, a travel toolkit, a travel survey tool, a postcode
mapping service and, for eligible businesses, free business
assistance. Businesses in Liverpool Commercial district are
encouraged to register their business by going to:-