Revenue launches search and seize raids.

In conjunction with local police, the Revenue is understood to have carried out a number of Section 20(c) ‘Search and Seize’ raids – only conducted when the Revenue suspects serious tax fraud. For Search and Seize warrants to be issued, considerable research has to be undertaken and the Revenue board and a High Court judge have to sign them. The raids are understood to have centred on an undisclosed company in Nottingham on 13 and 20 January. It is also understood that three premises in the Nottingham area, and one each in Leeds and north London were targeted in the operation. Revenue officials confirmed there had been raids in the Nottingham area at this time but would not reveal the company involved. News of the raid followed the release of the report by Labour peer Lord Grabiner QC last week, which outlined increased powers for the Revenue to prosecute tax fraudsters.

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