Recent reports show that the number of people being investigated by the taxman has doubled in one year.
Figures obtained by a leading national newspaper show that HM Revenue & Customs made inquiries about the tax affairs of 237,215 people last year, compared with about 119,000 in 2011-12. On top of this the number of self-employed people investigated has quadrupled in that time while annual prosecutions have risen sevenfold in three years.
We have noticed a more aggressive attitude from HMRC in recent years and we are very concerned about this new approach, especially as this will mean more and more innocent businesses and individuals are likely to be investigated. HMRC do not need a reason to investigate you and they can investigate anyone at random.