Plumbergeddon is here!

August 22nd, 2011  |  Published in Uncategorized

Remember the post about the amnesty for plumbers?

HMRC has announced that five ‘ghost’ plumbers have been arrested and a further 600 are under civil investigation for failing to pay the right amount of tax.

If you are one of the 600, or are worried that you might become number 601, get in touch urgently.

John Pointing, assistant director at HMRC Criminal Investigation, said the raids and arrests of ‘ghosts’ – people who have not declared income from the work they do – are the culmination of months of work by HMRC.

“We provided a chance for those we have arrested, and the 600 we are investigating, to come forward voluntarily and put things right” said Pointing. “These arrests send a clear message that HMRC will take action against those who choose not to come forward and pay the tax they owe” he added.

This is the start of co-ordinated action and more raids are expected to take place over the coming weeks across the UK, including Yorkshire, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Tyne & Wear, Midlands and South Wales.

Mike Wells, director at HMRC Risk & Intelligence Service, added: “These arrests are just the start. HMRC is considering hundreds of further cases for criminal investigation in the plumbing and medical professions. Some people may have thought we were bluffing when we said we have information that we will use to prosecute tax evasion.”

Source – accountingweb
http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/article/hmrc-ghost-arrests-are-‘just-start’/517635

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