HMRC is launching seven new investigation task forces. Who’s being targeted this time?
After launching nearly 40 task forces in the last two years HMRC hasn’t yet run out of steam and the latest batch are aimed at different industries as far apart as the Isles of Scilly and Scotland. The new task forces are aimed at the:
Other forces. In the early days we heard through the grapevine that some of HMRC’s task force officers weren’t well informed about the industry sectors they were investigating. That’s less likely to be the case now, plus they are increasingly getting other forces involved, like the police and the Home Office. The latter will check that you’re keeping the right paperwork for any foreign workers you employ
Make the right first move. It’s easy for HMRC to say you have nothing to fear if you aren’t unfairly avoiding tax, but in our experience if it’s looking for trouble it might find it even where there isn’t any. Therefore, if you’re contacted by an HMRC task force we recommend speaking to your tax advisor immediately.
HMRC ’s ‘affluent compliance team’ is to recruit an extra 100 tax inspectors in its bid to clamp down on wealthy tax avoiders. The unit will target taxpayers earning over £150,000 and with wealth of between £2.5m and £20m, as well as those with wealth in the range £1m to £2.5m.
HMRC has resumed its business records checks and is in the processing of writing to businesses all over the UK advising that they will receive a phone call from HMRC during which they will be asked a number of questions, their answers will be scored and if not satisfactory a HMRC visit will follow, this is something which should be taken seriously and I would recommend speaking to us or your current accountant before making the call. It is possible for the accountant to call on the clients behalf however this automatically reduces your scoring due to the way the system is setup therefore this is perhaps not the best option in most cases.
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The taxman has been looking into allegations the company wrongly charged VAT on children's clothing which is usually exempt, dating back as far as 2006
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