"What to expect when we visit you" explains HMRC’s powers when it arrives at premises to collect outstanding debts, and will be given to debtors when HMRC arrives at their premises.
"We are visiting you because we have already attempted to contact you by post and/or by phone, to advise you that you owe us some money. As we have not received the amount that you owe we are now visiting you to collect payment."For tax and NI debts, HMRC will only call between sunrise and sunset, and for VAT bills, between 8am and 8pm.
Why the distinction in timings?
Debtors facing HMRC visits can expect their goods to be seized in order to settle their debt if they are unable to pay in full. The collector is empowered to select goods from the taxpayer’s home or business, list them on an inventory form C204 Distraint notice and inventory, and then arrange for an auctioneer to take them away.
A separate version of the leaflet has been published for debtors based in Scotland, because under Scottish law HMRC does not have the right to seize goods for debt settlement.
The leaflets can be downloaded here England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Scotland
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