I have just taken a telephone call from H M Revenue and Customs asking to speak to the person dealing with a client for whom we have not carried out any work for several years now. We wrote to CAA team at the time client left notifying them that we no longer act and also requested removal of the client from our client list via H M Revenue and Customs website. The taxpayer in question is certainly not on our online services client list. The HMRC contact advised me that we need to get in touch with CAA team as our details are still on the taxpayers records and that furthermore we may get a more calls of a similar ilk in respect of past clients. We have certainly not received any correspondence or notifications from HMRC in respect of the ex- client for some years now so I find this quite disturbing. Is this another example of HMRC systems failure causing busy practitioners even more work? Or was it someone trying on some sort of scam but did not get past the first post? Have any other Accountingweb members had similar phone calls?
05th Aug 2011 09:20