Taxman in new crackdown on private landlords

HMRC has launched a taskforce to concentrate on private landlords in Scotland.

Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of compliance activity in specific high-risk trade sectors and locations across the UK.


Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “It is not right that some landlords in Scotland have chosen to deliberately evade the taxes they should be paying. This is not fair on honest businesses, and HMRC will come down hard on those who have chosen to break the rules.

“If you deliberately seek to evade tax, HMRC can and will track you down and you’ll face not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well.”

HMRC is planning 12 taskforces in the current financial year, with more to follow.

If you are aware of someone who is evading their taxes you can tell HMRC via the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887 or online at