HMRC has warned tax agents that it is unacceptable to advertise their services by using the HMRC logo or stating that they are registered or authorised by the department.
It is unclear how many websites currently break this rule, but HMRC said it is misleading because it implies that these agents have been endorsed by them.
“HMRC does not approve, accredit or endorse anyone,” a new statement on its website reads, adding that the HMRC name and logo is protected by crown copyright.
The Revenue explains that tax agents must register with HMRC in order to deal with the department on behalf of a client, but that this is a process purely to enable agents to interact with the department.
In addition, some firms may be registered with HMRC for anti-money laundering purposes.
The statement is tucked away on HMRC’s website, but the issue could be a concern for many accountants who find themselves competing against other firms who make false claims.
The logo warning was brought to the attention of AccountingWEB following its inclusion in the Tax Advice Network's weekly newsletter...