Crackdown on tax cheats in private security industry

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Tax cheats in the private security industry in Eastbourne and the surrounding area are being targeted as part of the next wave of taskforces launched by HM Revenue and Customs.

The taskforce – aimed at security guards, bouncers and their employers – will focus on workers across the south east.

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

The teams visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.

HMRC has seen an increased risk of fraudulent VAT repayment claims being submitted by the private security industry and the taskforce is expected to recover £10 million.

David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said, “We are determined to support hardworking people who want to get on, but the people being targeted by these taskforces have no intention of playing by the rules.

“This Government has made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we have provided HMRC with the resources to crack down on those who break the rules.”