Clamping down on £2.5m tax dodgers

Daily Echo: Clamping down on £2.5m tax dodgers Clamping down on £2.5m tax dodgers

A taskforce has been launched to recover more than £2.5m from tax dodging food and drink outlets in the Solent and south east region.

The HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) taskforce will visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations. David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”

Alex Nicholson, a senior manager in the Southampton office of accountants James Cowper, said: “HMRC clearly has a taste for clamping down on restaurants it believes are deliberately ‘cooking the books’ to avoid paying the correct amounts of tax.

“It is likely that the taxman already has a pretty clear idea of the restaurants it wishes to target, most likely those businesses HMRC’s computer believes do not fit within industry norms.”

Andy Hamman, senior tax manager at BDO LLP Southampton, said it was a “significant move” by HMRC.

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He said the taskforce would target the industry with “renewed vigour” as it believed it should be seeing more revenues.

“These focused campaigns are a very cost effective way for HMRC to target a particular segment of the business community where they believe there may be discrepancies between what tax is due and the tax actually paid,” he said.

Results from the last restaurant taskforce in 2011, found £634,000 in unpaid tax from 45 businesses and launched prosecutions against more than 20 businesses for deliberate fraud.

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2:49pm Wed 26 Sep 12

hulla baloo says...

They can get more than that from one hit if they stopped doing deals/agreements with the multi national companies.
They can get more than that from one hit if they stopped doing deals/agreements with the multi national companies. hulla baloo

3:26pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Shoong says...

The ones that get me the most are those who dodge tax on tobacco.
The ones that get me the most are those who dodge tax on tobacco. Shoong

4:53pm Wed 26 Sep 12

southy says...

""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in southy

4:57pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: ""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in[/p][/quote]... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it? Shoong

5:15pm Wed 26 Sep 12

southy says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?
Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them.
Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: ""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in[/p][/quote]... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?[/p][/quote]Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them. Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary. southy

5:22pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?
Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them.
Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.
Peanuts? Are you sure?

I wonder what the figure would be if we added up all those pennies that have not been paid in tax on tobacco by those who chose to avoid paying it..?

The principle is the same. Your cheating HM Tax and Revenue out of money. Hypocrite. Guilty as charged.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: ""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in[/p][/quote]... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?[/p][/quote]Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them. Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.[/p][/quote]Peanuts? Are you sure? I wonder what the figure would be if we added up all those pennies that have not been paid in tax on tobacco by those who chose to avoid paying it..? The principle is the same. Your cheating HM Tax and Revenue out of money. Hypocrite. Guilty as charged. Shoong

5:53pm Wed 26 Sep 12

southy says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?
Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them.
Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.
Peanuts? Are you sure?

I wonder what the figure would be if we added up all those pennies that have not been paid in tax on tobacco by those who chose to avoid paying it..?

The principle is the same. Your cheating HM Tax and Revenue out of money. Hypocrite. Guilty as charged.
Be lucky if it reach half of what this artical is quoting. it really is peanut money to the super wealthy

But your missing the main point, those at the Top get away Billions in unpaid Taxes, and do so by a loop hole that they created to benefit them selfs.

If all those that advoided paying UK Tax on the interest in banking was to pay it just for one year, our National Debt would be paid up in full with a surplus.
All ways start at the top where the most is owed by so few, then work down wards.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: ""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in[/p][/quote]... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?[/p][/quote]Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them. Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.[/p][/quote]Peanuts? Are you sure? I wonder what the figure would be if we added up all those pennies that have not been paid in tax on tobacco by those who chose to avoid paying it..? The principle is the same. Your cheating HM Tax and Revenue out of money. Hypocrite. Guilty as charged.[/p][/quote]Be lucky if it reach half of what this artical is quoting. it really is peanut money to the super wealthy But your missing the main point, those at the Top get away Billions in unpaid Taxes, and do so by a loop hole that they created to benefit them selfs. If all those that advoided paying UK Tax on the interest in banking was to pay it just for one year, our National Debt would be paid up in full with a surplus. All ways start at the top where the most is owed by so few, then work down wards. southy

6:17pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Georgem says...

southy wrote:
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
Look up 'tax evasion vs tax avoidance'. I know you struggle to understand the difference, but there is one.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: ""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in[/p][/quote]Look up 'tax evasion vs tax avoidance'. I know you struggle to understand the difference, but there is one. Georgem

6:47pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Georgem says...

southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.""

--What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”
Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in
... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?
Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them.
Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.
Peanuts? Are you sure?

I wonder what the figure would be if we added up all those pennies that have not been paid in tax on tobacco by those who chose to avoid paying it..?

The principle is the same. Your cheating HM Tax and Revenue out of money. Hypocrite. Guilty as charged.
Be lucky if it reach half of what this artical is quoting. it really is peanut money to the super wealthy

But your missing the main point, those at the Top get away Billions in unpaid Taxes, and do so by a loop hole that they created to benefit them selfs.

If all those that advoided paying UK Tax on the interest in banking was to pay it just for one year, our National Debt would be paid up in full with a surplus.
All ways start at the top where the most is owed by so few, then work down wards.
southy boldly claimed:
If all those that advoided paying UK Tax on the interest in banking was to pay it just for one year, our National Debt would be paid up in full with a surplus.


I can't believe I'm even bothering to ask, but do you have any actual figures to back this claim up?

Seriously, do not even bother replying unless you have actual concrete supporting figures. Not your usual vague explanation of why something might be possible, or any ravings about the evil warmongering capitalist pig-dogs. Simple, concrete numbers that demonstrate:

The actual size, in numbers, of the national debt

The actual amount, in numbers, of lost tax through tax avoided in the manner you mention, this year, or last

then show us how the one would cancel the other out.

If you can't do that, we shall just have to assume you've made it up again.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: ""David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: “We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules."" --What about the Tax advoiders with there over £120 Tillion held in Tax free off shore Banking. “Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.” Oh like Tory Government leaders David Cameron and many others in the Tory Party, Pay 20% or less in Tax, have off-shore Tax Free Banking to keep there £millions in[/p][/quote]... or dodging Tax on tobacco, that would be really hypocritical wouldn't it?[/p][/quote]Tax Dodging on Tobacco is peanut money not even worth chasing after because it will cost a lot more to go after small amounts owed by 100's 0f people. When you got people like those in power advoiding paying the full amount, and 2.5 million is just pocket money to them. Thatcher her self has earned more than that in Interest in her off-shore tax free banking, since she took her money out of british banking and moved it to Europe (Lithuania) in the 80's just after she had deregulated the finance industary.[/p][/quote]Peanuts? Are you sure? I wonder what the figure would be if we added up all those pennies that have not been paid in tax on tobacco by those who chose to avoid paying it..? The principle is the same. Your cheating HM Tax and Revenue out of money. Hypocrite. Guilty as charged.[/p][/quote]Be lucky if it reach half of what this artical is quoting. it really is peanut money to the super wealthy But your missing the main point, those at the Top get away Billions in unpaid Taxes, and do so by a loop hole that they created to benefit them selfs. If all those that advoided paying UK Tax on the interest in banking was to pay it just for one year, our National Debt would be paid up in full with a surplus. All ways start at the top where the most is owed by so few, then work down wards.[/p][/quote][quote]southy boldly claimed: If all those that advoided paying UK Tax on the interest in banking was to pay it just for one year, our National Debt would be paid up in full with a surplus.[/quote] I can't believe I'm even bothering to ask, but do you have any actual figures to back this claim up? Seriously, do not even bother replying unless you have actual concrete supporting figures. Not your usual vague explanation of why something might be possible, or any ravings about the evil warmongering capitalist pig-dogs. Simple, concrete numbers that demonstrate: The actual size, in numbers, of the national debt The actual amount, in numbers, of lost tax through tax avoided in the manner you mention, this year, or last then show us how the one would cancel the other out. If you can't do that, we shall just have to assume you've made it up again. Georgem

7:28pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

My dosh profit from my houses and fast food outlets goes home to the kingdom!
My dosh profit from my houses and fast food outlets goes home to the kingdom! Fatty x Ford Worker

11:13pm Wed 26 Sep 12

grumpy and middle aged says...

Well they can start with the take away shops which by-pass the till and use a plate under the counter.
Well they can start with the take away shops which by-pass the till and use a plate under the counter. grumpy and middle aged

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