We would like to take a moment to remind you of the importance of being vigilant over communications purporting to be from HMRC.
A client has recently been called by someone pretending to be a debt collector acting on behalf of HMRC.
The caller stated a writ had been issued by a Court relating to outstanding taxes. Our client had the foresight to call us whilst on the phone to check our records, as he was not aware of any outstanding taxes.
The ‘debt collector’ refused to speak to us as the client’s accountant, would not provide a contact number, or a copy of the writ. He also put pressure on our client to make partial payment, which could be refunded, should investigation prove nothing was outstanding. However, the caller stated that, if payment was not made, bailiffs would be sent to the business address that afternoon to either remove goods to the value of the outstanding writ or collect payment in full whereby no appeal would be allowed.
We, of course, advised the client to pay nothing.
We would ask that you call us, should you receive a call like this. For reference, HMRC have published a list of communications that it is genuinely making at the moment.