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Tax Investigations Update

Richard Clarke tax investigations director PricewaterhouseCoopers discusses two HMRC developments which have added to the complexities of advising clients under enquiry
A number of recent HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) developments have added to the complexities of advising clients under enquiry. Two of these are featured here: the continued pressure on banks and other financiers to provide details of their clients' transactions to HMRC; and the campaign to force taxpayers into disclosing the advice they have received.
HMRC focus on bank records
As far back as 2000 the Inland Revenue (as it then was) invested considerable resource to challenge through the Courts for its right to access account details of customers whose names it was unaware...

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