Hansard Questions

 

Once the taxpayer had confirmed that he understood the Hansard extract, the investigator put to him formal questions, making it clear that they were without limit of time in their application.

 

The five questions which were asked in conjunction with the Hansard extract are as follows:-

 

Question 1:

 

Have any transactions been omitted from or incorrectly recorded in the books of any business with which you are or have been concerned whether as a director, partner or sole proprietor?

 

Question 2:

 

Are the accounts sent to the Inland Revenue for any business with which you are or have been concerned whether as a director, partner or sole proprietor, correct and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief?

 

Question 3:

 

Are all the tax returns of any business with which you are or have been concerned whether as a director, partner or sole proprietor correct and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief?

 

Question 4:

 

Are all your personal tax returns correct and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief?

 

Question 5:

 

Will you allow an examination of all business books, business and private bank statements and any other business and private records in order that the Revenue may be satisfied that your answers to the first four questions are correct?

 

Written replies to these questions were invited from the taxpayer and it was advisable for the adviser to have spent some time with his client beforehand and discussed with him what response he would make to each of these questions. The investigator would stress that the questions were designed to elicit simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers and would try to persuade the taxpayer to give immediate verbal answers confirmed in writing. Generally, however, written denials of irregularities were discouraged by the investigator at this first meeting and it was suggested to the taxpayer that he should defer replying for a few days until he had been able to consider the questions very carefully.

 

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