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Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of compliance activity in specific high-risk trade sectors and locations across the UK.

Mike Wells, HMRC’s Director of Risk and Intelligence, said: "These taskforces will come down hard and fast on those who have chosen to break the rules and deliberately evade the taxes they should be paying. Honest businesses, however, have absolutely nothing to worry about.

"HMRC is clear – if you deliberately seek to evade tax we can and will track you down and you’ll face not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well."

Taskforces come as a result of the Government’s £900million spending review re-investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011/12, which aims to raise an additional £7billion each year by 2014/15.

HMRC is planning 12 taskforces in 2011/12, with more to follow in 2012/13.

If you are aware of someone who is evading their taxes you can tell HMRC via the Tax Evasion Hotline by phone on 0800 788 887 or by post. Full details can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/tax-evasion/index.htm

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