As part of a £900m investment, HM Revenue and Customs are deploying extra task forces to curb the activities of tax dodgers.  These teams are expected to recover more than £30m for the public purse. 

HMRC have several operations set up to target restaurants, hair and beauty businesses, pubs and nightclubs as well as motor trade companies in the South West, Yorkshire, the North East, and South Wales.  Their remit is to examine the records of business and individuals and carry out other necessary investigations to catch and deal with tax avoiders and evaders.

The project follows similar successful operations last year targeting market stall holders, taxi firms, restaurants and property rental businesses.  Those task forces managed to collect more than £50m from tax dodgers, and the operations are now being rolled out more widely.