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Are You Still Naked Before The IR?

John Cassidy Director of Tax Investigations at PKF concludes his two-part article on how far the Revenue's information-gathering powers have developed
Last week the writer considered the rapidly increasing armoury of investigation powers (included in legislation outside the Taxes Acts) available to the Inland Revenue. This concluding instalment looks at the changing and increasingly co-ordinated attitude of the tax authorities to investigation work. Various sources have recently indicated that the main thrust of future Revenue investigations may focus on wealthy individuals and large companies as they are perceived as potentially lucrative targets. While such taxpayers may be singled out many more could theoretically be affected because the Revenue is unhappy with significant recent criticism of its performance in tackling non-compliance.
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