My friend has had a letter allegedly from HMRC requesting information regarding her tax return for a compliance check. Boring but fine, whatever. They have, however, also asked her to send her bank statements, passport and driving licence (presumably they have asked for copies rather than originals but I have not seen the letter).
Does this sound normal to you? I have never had a request like this for a client.
She has worked for the same company for over 20 years, so all PAYE. I have known her for 35 years. She was born and brought up in the UK and I believe her tax affairs (although I have not been involved) would be pretty dull. Fine, she has been selected for a compliance check, it just seems really odd that they have requested the passport and driving licence.
I will tell her to ring HMRC (SA helpline number - if she has an hour to spare) to double check that this letter has come from them, but just wondering why they might want all of this info for a simple compliance check - and in fact if they can request it at this stage?