A new taskforce aimed at tackling grocery and retail industry tax evaders has been launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Suspect retailers based in south Wales, north Wales, the North West and the South West will be targeted as part of a scheme that is expected to recover more than £7m.

The teams will visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.

“We have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules,” exchequer secretary, David Gauke said.

“Everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should.”

Those who had paid their taxes in full had nothing to worry about, HMRC’s Mike Eland added. “For those deliberately evading tax, be warned that HMRC is coming after you. This is not an empty threat - HMRC can and will track you down if you choose to break the rules.”

This week also saw the launch of specific taskforces for the hair and beauty, motor and restaurant trades.