HMRC data demands for clients suspected of tax crimes hits record high

Up a fifth on 2015/16

Victoria McKeever
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Confidential data requests from HMRC jumped from 1,276 in 2015/16 to 1,507 in 2016/17, according to RPC
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Confidential data requests from HMRC jumped from 1,276 in 2015/16 to 1,507 in 2016/17, according to RPC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) requests to professional services firms for confidential information on clients suspected of tax crimes reached a record high in 2016/17, according to law firm RPC.

These confidential data requests from the taxman jumped a fifth (19%) to 1,507 in the 12 months to 31 March 2017 - up from 1,276 in 2015/16. Such requests, RPC explained, involves HMRC's Crimina...

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