HMRC can publish the following information, unless doing so would prejudice an ongoing criminal investigation or cause serious risk to the taxpayer’s safety:
- The taxpayer’s name (including a trading name or pseudonym);
- The taxpayer’s address or registered office address;
- The nature of the taxpayer’s business;
- The amount of the penalties charged and the tax involved;
- The periods when the errors arose; and
- Any other information that HMRC considers necessary in order to make the taxpayer’s identity clear.
Taxpayers cannot appeal against the decision to publish their details, although they can appeal against the imposition and level of the penalty.
However, HMRC will not publish a taxpayer’s details if the tax they deliberately evaded is less than £25K or if the taxpayer voluntarily tells HMRC about the errors before HMRC begin a compliance check.
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