HMRC have issued a warning to all and sundry (specifically agents) not to use the HMRC logo, or to state that they are "registered" or "authorised" agents of HMRC.
The full text of the warning is reproduced below:
Agents who advertise as registered or authorised agents of HMRCSome tax agents advertise their services by using the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) logo or stating that they are 'registered' or 'authorised' agents of HMRC. This is unacceptable.
HMRC believes that this is misleading because it implies that these agents have been endorsed by HMRC. HMRC does not approve, accredit or endorse anyone.
Tax agents must register with HMRC in order to deal with the department on behalf of a client, but this is a process purely to enable agents to interact with the department.
The HMRC name and logo is protected by crown copyright. If HMRC becomes aware of misleading claims or advertising, the department will take legal action. The majority of tax agents comply with HMRC's requirements for advertising but there are firms who will continue to promote themselves in this inappropriate way.
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