An HMRC press release announced that these invasive trials commenced on 10 July 2006. This had already been noted on AccountingWEB by member Stewart Ryan, who reported that one of his clients had received a 'friendly' (not) telephone contact from HMRC following a change of partners in the business.
There are six types of intervention being tested in these pilot exercises, which include record keeping and risk reviews by telephone and letter (for full details see HMRC launches controversial compliance pilot).
"With these new approaches we aim to trial a lighter touch, providing help where needed, and freeing up resources to tackle serious and deliberate non-compliance.
"We hope that the new approaches...will prove to be more flexible and less time consuming for businesses, tax agents...