Landlord tax clampdown

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A TASKFORCE to tackle tax cheats in the rental property sector in the South East has been launched by HM Revenue & Customs.

It is expected to recover nearly £4m from people not paying enough tax on their rental income.

David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said: ‘We will not tolerate tax evasion and will crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules.

‘It cannot be fair that, while most people are paying the right tax, a tiny minority are not paying what they should.

‘HMRC is on target to collect more than £50m as a result of taskforces launched in 2011 and 2012.’

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, director general enforcement and compliance, added: ‘If you know anyone who is evading their taxes you can tell HMRC via the Tax Evasion Hotline by phone, on 0800 788 887.’