Restaurants throughout the Midlands - including the famous Balti Belt -are likely to find their own tax affairs on the menu for investigators from HM Revenue & Customs.
HMRC is launching a taskforce to target tax evasion in several business sectors around the country, including the restaurant trade in the Midlands.
Heather Taylor, of Grant Thornton’s tax investigations team in Birmingham, said: "Birmingham is very proud of the excellent reputation for the quality and vibrancy of its restaurant trade, and these businesses enjoy a well deserved high profile.
"They are therefore very likely to be included in this swoop by the taxman on the restaurant trade in the Midlands, which will include looking at tax on profits, at VAT issues and at compliance with PAYE and National Insurance liabilities."
HMRC’s targeted taskforce campaign is seeking to recover around £25 million of unpaid tax, according to business and finance providers Grant Thornton UK LLP.
The specialist teams will target specific trading sectors identified as being of high risk of tax evasion.
Paul Roberts, head of tax investigations at Grant Thornton, said: "HMRC has been gathering intelligence on tax evasion for the last year or so using ‘web crawler’ technology and is likely to have already identified several traders they plan to investigate.
"These trading sectors will cover a lot of businesses and the locations announced will take in the renowned Birmingham Balti Belt restaurant trade.
"Traders who have not registered with HMRC, or who have concerns that they may have understated the profits they have declared, should seek professional advice and consider making a disclosure to HMRC as soon as possible to reduce the chance of a potential prosecution and to mitigate the penalty which may be due."
Meanwhile, Ann Bibby, Birmingham tax partner with international accountancy firm Mazars, warned market traders, taxi firms and property investors were likely to be targeted along with restaurant owners.