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Saturday, 25 June 2011 16:02

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be rolling out campaigns over the next year to target VAT defaulters, private tutors and e-marketplaces in an effort to recoup unpaid taxes. HMRC will use cutting-edge tools such as “web robot” software to search the internet and find targeted information about specified people and companies.


Last month, HMRC launched a campaign aimed at businesses that might be trading above the VAT threshold of £73,000 but have yet to register with the tax authorities.


Last month, HMRC announced last month that it will be launching a campaign in the summer, targeting businesses trading above the £73,000 turnover threshold but who have not registered for VAT.


The new campaigns that will be launched over the next year will focus on:


Private tutors

This addresses the risk posed by all professionals who, because of their field of expertise, are able to earn money from providing tuition and coaching – either as a main or a secondary income. It covers people providing private lessons, regardless of whether they have a teaching qualification, and could include, for example, fitness/dance/lifestyle coaches through to national curriculum subject tutors and others.


E-market traders

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 campaign


So far, more than £500m has been raised by HMRC from voluntary disclosures and a further £100m from follow-up activity. Previous campaigns have targeted offshore investments, medical professionals and people working in the plumbing industry.


How we can help

If you are concerned that you may be affected by HMRC’s latest campaigns or would like more information, please feel free to contact us.


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