Tax cheats in the rag trade across the North West are being targeted by specialist taskforces.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is hoping to recover around £17 million as a result of the operation.
David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said, “The vast majority of people play by the rules. 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 has launched 30 taskforces since May 2011. The schemes are a result of the Government’s £917 million spending review investment to tackle tax evasion, fraud and avoidance from 2011-12.
By Kirsty Hewitt