If HMRC open an investigation into your tax or VAT affairs they will almost always ask you to attend an interview.
Our advice? Don’t go.
We believe that attending a HMRC interview, whilst under investigation, is not in your best interests. We advise against attending, especially on your own.
There is no law stating that a taxpayer must attend except in two particular types of tax investigation.
In an Code of Practice 9 investigation it is necessary to attend a formal HMRC interview.
Under criminal tax investigation you are required to attend an interview, but it is absolutely vital you have legal representation, as it is conducted under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984.
Apart from the above types of investigation, you have no legal obligation to attend an interview at their offices or to allow them to come and visit you.
Very few accountants are strong enough to tell HMRC that their clients will not attend an interview. In the majority of cases, it is because they do not know that attending a HMRC interview is not a legal requirement.
We will always keep you up to date on how your investigation is progressing but once we have control, HMRC will have no more direct contact with you.
The moment you receive a letter from HMRC informing you of their intention to open an investigation is the moment to pick up the phone.
Call our specialists on 0800 471 4546.