June 30, 2011

HMRC claims plumbers’ tax campaign a success

by Jan Harris

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) claims that its latest campaign against the small trader has been a success after it gathered £328,756 in unpaid tax from plumbers.

However, HMRC has been criticised by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) from not ensuring that all plumbers were aware of the campaign.

HMRC wrote to 50,000 tradespeople warning them that unless they coughed up their unpaid tax by the end of May they would face hefty fines and possibly prosecution.

600 plumbers responded before the deadline and received fines of up to 20% of the tax owed, while those who failed to come forward could be liable to a 100% penalty.

HMRC recently announced a similar campaign targeting private riding teachers.

The campaign will use new technology to highlight discrepancies between bank interest and lifestyle indicators.

Doctors and restaurants have also been targeted by HMRC in their efforts to claim unpaid tax.

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