HMRC doubles Enforcement Officers to 200 people

Announcing the new enforcement measures, Mike Eland, the Director General of Enforcement and Compliance at the HMRC said that \”Building on HMRC\’s successful approach to tackling fraud in the labour provider industry, these teams will make it even harder for fraudsters. We will tackle employers who don\’t play by the rules and the organised crime gangs who exploit their workers. We will also work collaboratively with labour users and businesses in these sectors to help them use legitimate providers. This will help to create a level playing field for compliant businesses to compete in the market place.\”

Speaking further to the announcement Tom Hadley, the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Director of Policy and Professional Services said that “This is a big step forward, there is nothing more frustrating than to be placed at a commercial disadvantage by doing the right thing. Unfair practices create market distortions and have a huge impact on legitimate businesses as well as on workers. We need clarity and consistency in the way that regulations are applied, we also need real clout in terms of Government enforcement. As well as monitoring how today’s announcement works on the ground, we will continue to play our part by flagging regulatory changes and working with recruiters to ensure they are compliant. HMRC has said today it will work in collaboration with labour users and businesses to help them use legal providers and the REC will do all it can to further this aim.”

Contractors running Limited Companies are recommended to use a professional accountants to ensure compliance at all times.

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