The government commissioned review by Justice Butterfield said such an authority should be independent of Customs and be accountable directly to the attorney general.
In addition, the report also called for better, fully documented handling of informants, regular refresher training and more detailed expert legal advice for investigators. Customs investigators should also face ‘systematic external scrutiny’, the FT reported today.
A number of fraud investigations have gone badly wrong, most notably a trial of 15 men accused of fraudulently evading £84m alcohol duty, which collapsed in November.
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HMRC is continuing to ramp up the number of raids on premises it carries out as part of criminal investigations, searching 761 properties in the last year
Five million taxpayers are ow using digital personal tax accounts (PTA) as part of the making tax digital strategy, HMRC said
Since the release of HMRC’s plans for digital tax reforms, many have agreed with the call for a delay