Taxi tax dodgers un­der mi­cro­scope

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Taxi op­er­a­tors and driv­ers in South La­nark­shire are be­ing checked as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into tax eva­sion.

A task­force, set up by HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms to check that taxi op­er­a­tors and driv­ers have paid the tax they owe, tar­geted 36 busi­ness premises across Scot­land this week.

HMRC of­fi­cers, sup­ported by Po­lice Scot­land,swooped on premises across the coun­try and up­lifted busi­ness records for ex­am­i­na­tion.

Michael Con­nolly, HMRC’s Task­force co­or­di­na­tor in Scot­land, said: “Tax eva­sion is a crime that costs so­ci­ety dearly.

“While over 90% of peo­ple play by the rules and pay their dues, our task­forces tar­get ar­eas where we see a risk that peo­ple won’t pay what they owe.

“Work­ing with our part­ners in Po­lice Scot­land we will con­tinue to tar­get any­one evad­ing tax.

“The public’s help in fight­ing tax crime is vi­tal, and it can be re­ported to us on 0800 788 887.”

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ste­vie Rus­sell, Spe­cial­ist Crime Di­vi­sion said: “This op­er­a­tion is another demon­stra­tion of the multi-agency ap­proach we can adopt to tackle as­pects of se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime in Scot­land”.

Michael Con­nolly added: “En­quiries are on­go­ing and any ev­i­dence of tax eva­sion can be taken for­ward ei­ther civilly or crim­i­nally through the courts.”

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