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HMRC Enquiries, Investigations and Powers

Editor: Mark McLaughlin (CTA (Fellow) 

ATT (Fellow) TEP)

Publication frequency: Monthly

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Launch offer price: £122.50

Hard Copy ISSN: 2398 7464



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HMRC Enquiries, Investigations and Powers

Here's a flavour of what you can expect from the inaugural issue:


  • Andrew Park of BDO LLP looks at statements of assets and liabilities (i.e. why and when they are requested by HMRC, best practice on completion, and tips and traps for checking them); 
  • Ian Roberts of the TACS Partnership highlights some common pitfalls in dealing with serious tax investigations, from the opening HMRC letter to the final settlement meeting;
  • John Hood of Gabelle Tax outlines the thorny subject of ‘discovery’ by HMRC, including a recent case on the burden of proof; and 
  • Mark McLaughlin comments on two recent cases in which the First-tier Tribunal considered HMRC’s decisions not to suspend penalties for careless tax return errors.  

Even though HMRC Enquiries, Investigations and Powers focusses on specific areas, its potential scope remains very wide. There will be regular articles in categories which include:


  • HMRC enquiries and related issues
  • ‘Serious’ civil investigations (i.e. Code of Practice 9 and the contractual disclosure facility)
  • HMRC powers with particular emphasis on those powers commonly associated with the other two categories (e.g. discovery, information notices, accelerated payment notices, etc.) 
  • Tax avoidance scheme enquiries 
  • Disclosure campaigns 
  • Tax fraud