“HMRC criminal investigations activity: an update” by George Gillham, Partner and Head of Contentious Tax at Fieldfisher LLP and Jade McCauley, Paralegal at Fieldfisher LLP

George Gillham and Jade McCauley crunch the numbers, and offer some practical advice on dealing with an HMRC investigation.

This article is aimed at tax advisers and accountants. It is not a substitute for legal advice. It is a warning about the fact that legal advice is necessary!

In 2013 Keir Starmer, then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), stated that the aim of the CPS was to increase prosecutions for tax evasion five-fold from a 2010 baseline.

Fieldfisher has tracked (and reported on) HMRC’s progress ever since. We doubted then whether the DPP’s arbitrary aim was achievable. It has not been achieved. However, that should not be seen as a failure, because the world has changed around it, rendering the aim unnecessary.

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