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The latest campaign to be launched by HM Revenue & Customs will concentrate on builders who are suspected of cheating the tax man. Construction workers will be invited to contact HMRC and pay outstanding duties to avoid heavy penalties. The campaign will offer lower penalties for compliance with HMRC.

This latest campaign follows a number of other campaigns targeting plumbers, dentists, tutors and online traders. Builders are now under the spotlight by HMRC, with anyone who fits windows, roofing, bricklaying, joinery or carpentry being targeted. The latest technology will be implemented in the search for those who dodge tax.

Direct sales will also be targeted during the campaign, with sellers who go door to door or anyone who receives commission on such sales being targeted. HMRC will issue a deadline so that anyone who knows that they owe tax can come forward and maximise the opportunity to pay lower penalties. Anyone in this situation should seek the advice of a local accountant who will provide advice and may deal with HMRC on their behalf. HMRC’s Marian Wilson said:

“Penalties will be higher if we come and find people after the opportunity. A criminal investigation may also result. I therefore urge them to disclose unpaid tax voluntarily.”

The government has invested heavily in the tackling of tax evasion, avoidance and fraud in order to save more than £7 billion. According to Gary Ashford from the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the campaigns show just how serious the government are in the war against tax dodgers.

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