Did you notice this little comment?
“HMRC uses its legal powers to obtain details of debit and credit card transactions from the companies that process those transactions.“
HMRC have both the legal power and the technology to access information held by third parties. They are increasingly using this to investigate tax(no)payers and to prosecute them. You will have seen frequent press reports on HMRC’s successes in this regard.
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About Les Howard
Hi, I am a VAT Consultant, working mainly with charities. I am based in Cambridgeshire
I have over 20 years experience in VAT, and am currently also a part-time member of the Tax Tribunals.