A taskforce set up by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to check that taxi operators and drivers have paid the tax they owe, has targeted 36 business premises across Scotland this morning as part of an investigation into suspected tax evasion.
HMRC officers, supported by colleagues from Police Scotland, visited the business 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.
“By 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: “Police Scotland welcomes the opportunity to support HMRC in their investigation into suspected tax evasion by taxi operators and drivers. This operation is another demonstration of the multi-agency approach to tackle aspects of serious and organised crime in Scotland”.
Enquiries are ongoing and any evidence of tax evasion can be taken forward either civilly or criminally through the courts.