HMRC INVESTIGATION POWERS
What are HMRC’s Investigation Powers
HMRC Investigation Powers Explained
HMRC officers can only obtain various authorizations from their senior officials, with the minimum level of requirement for authorization being the grade of Senior Officer. Various UK Legislation also makes provision for criminal investigation authority to be extended anywhere within the UK, with a number of mutual assistance agreement extending outside of the UK.
When more serious crimes are being investigated, the HMRC may apply to make use of intrusive surveillance techniques and methods, which can include interception of telecommunications and post as well as property interference among others. However, due to their intrusive nature, such operations can only be personally sanctioned by the Home Secretary and must at all times follow the strictest of protocols as is overseen by the Interception of Communications Commissioner.