Oh dear, it seems that at least one of the private debt collection agencies used by HMRC got a tad carried away with itself in May and "pretended" to be HMRC.
Here is an unedited post about the incident on AccountingWeb:
"Phone call just now:
"Hello, can I speak to Mr Client please?"
We are his agent, this isn't his number.
"Can you get him to call us on 0845xxxx ref 123456789"
That's 9 digits - are you sure? If you're HMRC, we are his registered agent, can we help?"
"We are calling on behalf of HMRC"
So you aren't HMRC?
They were a debt collection agency. Makes me mad. Interestingly a google of their name throws up on result 3 an article called "[name] recovery - idiots". Result 2 calls them idiots also..."
Under the Commissioners for Revenue & Customs Act 2005, section 30(1):
30(1) A person commits an offence if he pretends to be a Commissioner or an officer of Revenue and Customs with a view to obtaining–
(a) admission to premises,
(b) information, or
(c) any other benefit.
Tax does have to be taxing.
UK EXPATS: Reduce tax on UK Pensions
HMRC QROPS provider. Unlock your UK pension and access a 25% lump sum today.
Quote ID code "ABC" when contacting a QROPS specialist.
Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations
What is TAXWISE?
TAXWISE is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.
To find out more, please use this link Taxwise
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