Crackdown on tax dodging in Somerset's holiday industry launched
taskforce tackling tax dodgers in the holiday industry across
the South West England - including Somerset - has been launched
this week by HM Revenue and Customs.
taskforce aims to recover £2.5million and will be launching
unannounced visits to tourist businesses across the region.
Jennie Granger, Director General Enforcement and Compliance, said:
"Our message is clear - if you seek to evade tax or defraud
the tax system, HMRC can and will track you down. You will face
not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as
taskforce will tackle tax evasion in the holiday industry in Somerset,
Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon and South Wales.
are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity
in specific high-risk trade sectors and locations in the UK. The
teams visit traders to examine their records and carry out other
Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: "We
are determined to support hardworking people who want to get on
in this industry and every other. However, the people being targeted
by this taskforce have no intention of playing by the rules. The
Government has made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion
and we have provided HMRC with the resources to crack down on
those who break the rules."