HMRC tax inspectors will be able to carry out spot-checks on all companies and self-employed people who run their businesses from home, as from next April. Under the new rules, inspectors will be allowed to visit businesses with no warning to "inspect records, assets and premises".
At present, HMRC must open an inquiry into a company and then give 24 hours' notice of a visit.
Needless to say these new powers are not in the interests of the taxpayer, as taxpayers will be placed on the spot with no legal or professional representation.
Criminals and suspects are allowed to have a lawyer present when the police hold them for questioning, why not taxpayers?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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