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HMRC cracks down on tax-evading plumbers

August 20, 2011
Posted in Income Tax — Written by Geoffrey

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that five plumbers from locations throughout the UK have been arrested over unpaid tax charges.

The arrests come after the department launched a large scale investigation into the plumbing industry, believing that some registered plumbers and gas fitters were being paid cash in hand and not paying enough or any income tax.

A total of 50,000 letters were sent out, warning plumbers to declare any earnings they had not paid tax on. Following this, HMRC officers investigated 500 of those in the trade, and raids took place in London, Middlesex, Surrey, West Bromwich and Hampshire. It is believed that some of the investigations involved as much as £150,000 in unpaid tax.

HMRC’s John Pointing offered a warning to anyone who is illegally avoiding paying income tax. He said:

“People should not underestimate the amount of data that HMRC is holding. What we are now seeing is HMRC starting to use that information. The net is tightening on those who break the law.”

If you believe you have made a legitimate mistake in calculating your tax, you should seek professional tax advice immediately. You may not be paying enough tax, or you may even be entitled to a tax rebate.

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