HMRC have announced that they will turn their attention to those involved in home improvement trades and direct selling (online market sellers) in their next round of Tax Catch Up Plans.
HMRC have previously offered Tax Catch Up Plans to Plumbers, Dentists and Tutors amongst others. According to the press release their latest campaigns will target:
‘Missing returns. This will contribute to wider HMRC activity tackling failure to complete tax returns. It will initially focus on those who fail to complete tax returns and who are liable to pay tax at the highest rates.’
‘Home improvement trades. This will build on campaigns aimed at plumbers and electricians, and will include several 100,000 tradespeople in construction and building work such as roofing, window fitting, bricklaying, carpentry and joinery.’
‘Direct selling. This will target customers who ought to be paying tax on income they earn from buying and selling goods direct to others, or from the commission on these sales.’
‘As with previous campaigns, the focus of the new campaigns will be on providing those in the selected groups, who may not be paying the tax they owe, a chance to put their affairs in order on the best possible terms.’
HMRC have announced that they will be using new technology to identify traders in both sectors with unpaid taxes.
Marian Wilson of HMRC said:
‘We are offering all the people targeted the opportunity to come forward. Penalties will be higher if we come and find people after the opportunity.’
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