HMRC Crackdown Targets Online Traders and Private Tutors

Posted: 1st July 2011

The crackdown on the ‘black economy’ by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to be extended to those who trade online using eBay or similar sites, and those offering private tutoring.
With regard to the former, HMRC are said to be using a ‘web robot’ to identify targets. The latter are normally straightforward to identify through ads placed in newsagents’ windows, local newspapers and the like.
HMRC claim that their campaign against the black economy will yield £7 billion in extra tax by 2015.