HMRC restarts paused tax investigations

11 June 2020
Author: Helen McGhee

Tax receipts were down by £26 billion in April as the UK’s economy was hit by the coronavirus crisis. HMRC figures show that the April tax take was £35 billion which is £26 billion (42%) less than the £61 billion received in April last year.

HMRC has it seems now quietly resumed taxpayer investigations which had been put on hold at the peak of the pandemic and have started to contact taxpayers and advisers again where there is any suspicion of non-compliant activity.

Taxpayers previously under inquiry who had a brief period of respite should now prepare for investigations to resume with aplomb and perhaps with added vigour as HMRC have a close eye on the £337billion hole in the public purse.

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