Tax Rebates & Refunds

Billboard ads form part of HMRC tax evasion crackdown campaign

November 27, 2012
Posted in Income Tax — Written by Jennifer

New adverts have been posted on billboards and bus shelters as part of the government’s crackdown on tax evasion, which is reported to be costing HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) billions of pounds every year.

HMRC, the department responsible for calculating income tax and processing tax rebates, has launched the first stage of the campaign already, in the form of a website, dedicated to tackling tax evasion. The site, www.gov.uk/sortmytax, was set up by HMRC to warn people who are holding back information about their income, earnings and tax affairs to come clean before they are caught.

At the time of the website’s launch, HMRC’s new Director General for Enforcement and Compliance, Jenny Grainger, said:

“Most people pay the right tax. Our campaign is aimed at those who don’t.

“Our message to the small percentage who don’t is a simple one: ‘The net is closing in. We will detect you if you haven’t put a job through the books, if you haven’t declared investment income, if you’ve hidden assets offshore or if you haven’t even registered for VAT”.

The campaign has now expanded to include adverts aimed at ‘tax cheats’ posted on phone boxes and bus shelters, as well as on huge billboards throughout the UK.

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