HM Revenue & Customs has launched an advertising campaign warning tax cheats to declare all their income “before it is too late”.
The campaign, which launched today using outdoor advertising, is part of HMRC’s activity to tackle crime and failure to pay the right amount of tax.
HMRC has set up a website www.gov.uk/sortmytax to help people pay the correct tax.
The campaign is a part of the Government’s £917m spending review investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011/12, which aims to raise an additional £7bn each year by 2014/15.
Exchequer secretary to the Treasury David Gauke says: “Most people play by the rules and pay what they owe, but HMRC is cracking down on those who do not. Using the £917m the Government has made available to tackle avoidance, evasion and fraud, HMRC is closing in on tax cheats.
“It always makes sense to declare all your income and tax dodgers are simply storing up trouble for the future; getting caught means higher fines, and in the most serious cases criminal prosecution. There is an alternative. Simply visit the new website and make a fresh start.”
HMRC director general, enforcement and compliance Jennie Granger says: “Most people pay the right tax. Our campaign is aimed at those who do not.
“Our message to the small percentage who do not is a simple one – the net is closing in. We will detect you if you have not put a job through the books, if you have not declared investment income, if you have hidden assets offshore or if you have not even registered for VAT.
“For these people my message is please do not fool yourself that HMRC will not do anything – it is only a matter of time before we catch up with you.”