Doncaster VAT fraudsters targeted in HMRC crackdown

A stack of pound coins.
A stack of pound coins.

Doncaster tax cheats are being targeted as part of a new crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs.

People who try to fraudulently reclaim VAT, and businessed which are set up purely for the purpose of making false VAT repayments claims, are on the hit list.

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, Director General of Enforcement and Compliance, said: “Deliberately falsifying VAT records is serious. It is really important that we level the playing field by stopping tax cheats. Our message is - do the right thing. If you haven’t already, come clean now. If you don’t, we will find you, investigate you and, not only could you face a heavy fine, but you may face a criminal prosecution as well.”

HMRC’s VAT repayment taskforce is set to bring in £6 million in the North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The taskforces 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 investigations.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “We are determined to support hardworking people who want to get on, but the people being targeted by these taskforces have no intention of playing by the rules.

“This Government has made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and has provided HMRC with the resources to crack down on those who break the rules.”

HMRC has collected more than £100 million as a result of taskforces launched since 2011-12.

If you know anyone who is evading their taxes, you can tell HMRC by calling the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.