Various warnings have been issued in recent days regarding malicious calls and voicemails which have been made to members of the public pretending to represent H.M Revenue & Customs. UK taxpayers and business owners have been asked to be extremely cautious when receiving phone calls from individuals stating that they are calling regarding outstanding tax liabilities.
As reported regularly in the media, criminals and fraudsters are becoming increasingly convincing when calling potential victims. In recent cases such criminals pretending to be from HMRC are even “spoofing” genuine HMRC telephone numbers in the process. Such calls threaten legal action for unpaid tax liabilities.
We always inform our clients of HMRC’s standard protocol and state that this will always follow the same pattern. At first any correspondence to a UK Taxpayer or business will be made in writing, with a copy sent to us as taxation agents. This initial letter will include a reference number and if a phone call is made to follow this up, a HMRC call centre agent will always quote this reference. With this in mind, we still suggest that you always confirm this with your accountant and taxation agent before responding. It is also very important to note that HMRC will NEVER demand immediate payment if a genuine call is made to a taxpayer.
Enclosed is a document which was issued by the City of London Police on 7 June 2019, which provides additional information:
Also for further information regarding fraudulent calls, suspicious correspondence and how to report them please visit the enclosed HMRC page:
Should you have any additional questions regarding the content of this blog entry, please contact a member of the WHA team today.