HMRC have launched new taskforces to tackle tax cheats in the rag trade and alcohol industry. The specialist taskforce teams will target those who do not pay the right amount of tax in:
◾ the rag trade in the Midlands, North Wales and North West, including manufacturing, wholesale, retail and textile recycling;
◾ the alcohol industry in Scotland, including Aberdeen and Inverness;
◾ the rental property sector in the South East.
They are expected to recover around £17m. Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity in specifi c high risk trade sectors and locations in the UK. The teams will visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations. HMRC have launched 30 taskforces since May 2011.