An act giving the whole of HMRC major bugging powers is now in force.
Before HMRC was established, only Customs & Excise were authorised to
intercept phone calls, emails and letters and also bug homes and suspects’
vehicles, but these powers have now been extended across the whole organisation
after the Serious Crime Act became active today.
These powers would only be used to investigate serious criminal activities
and not for routine matters, HMRC told the
As a key safeguard, approval must be given by the home secretary before HMRC
can press on with such operations
"The whole idea of HMRC officials supplying confidential information about individuals to the media on a non-attributable basis is, or should be, a matter of serious concern," say Supreme Court judges
UK-based non-doms have paid ten times more tax than the average taxpayer, raising concerns over the Brexit impact on non-dom contributions and therefore, the economy
A senior MP has questioned the impact of HMRC’s decision to undertake yet another radical overhaul of its internal structure
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