Criminal investigations

HMRC has significant powers when undertaking a criminal investigation with a view to prosecution. This includes powers of arrest, search warrants, seizing property and interviews. For more serious crimes, they can use intrusive surveillance powers including interception of communication.

Once HMRC has conducted a criminal investigation, they refer to the Crown Prosecution Service who decides whether to proceed with criminal prosecution. 

Our experience includes working  with leading white-collar criminal lawyers. We have assisted them with successfully moving taxpayers under criminal investigation to the more beneficial Code of Practice 9 civil process. If you or your client is subject to a raid or a criminal investigation, please contact our specialist Tax Investigations and Disputes team immediately.