HMRC could cold-call non-self assessment taxpayers
HMRC plans to update its powers are criticised for being intrusive
The taxman could cold-call non-self assessment taxpayers in the future as
part of proposals to update its powers.
On top of extra powers to investigate the tax affairs of businesses, fee
protection provider CCH has warned that
taking advantage of the merger of Revenue and Customs to gain more intrusive
‘Businesses and other taxpayers may ask whether their rights are being
surrendered too easily just to make the HMRC’s work easier,’ said
senior consultant Neil Tipping.
Currently HMRC has to gain permission from the general or special
commissioners to obtain HMRC documents from a non-self assessment taxpayer.