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Thursday, 2 July 2009
Power Corrupts - PC Seizure
Source Accounting Web:
"We are currently acting for a client who had her computer, mobile phone and fax machine removed by officers of HMRC in February 2009 during a 'routine' visit. This is contrary to HMRC powers which states that they are allowed to download material from the computer but not physically remove it. The computer was returned after our representation albeit in a damaged state. HMRC, of course, deny responsibility. HMRC also uplifted our client's records which have not been returned nor have copies been received despite our request for copies which was made in March 2009.
We made a formal complaint to HMRC Complaints Unit in May 2009 and received an acknowledgement to say we would have a reply within 15 days.
We have just received a further letter, 23 June 2009, from the HMRC Complaints Team which states 'unfortunately I am unable to give you a date by which you can expect a response as we have a number of cases awaiting investigation at the moment and it is difficult to say how long it will be before a caseworker will be allocated your case'.
I don't think I need to say any more about HMRC powers!
HMRC have a forum to monitor the implementation of their new powers. However, it is chaired by Dave Hartnett and has on it members of HMRC (albeit not in the majority).
How can this forum act independently, and objectively, if it is populated with members of HMRC?
Tax does have to be taxing.
Tax Investigation for Dummies, by Nick Morgan, provides a good and easy to read guide for anyone caught up in an HMRC tax investigation. A must read for any Self Assessment taxpayer.
Click the link to read about: Tax Investigation for Dummies
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