HMRC powers - not many people know that
HMRC has the power to arrest, and as of this month is now also able to intercept phone calls, emails and letters, and “bug” residential premises and private vehicles.
The powers were granted to HMRC in the Serious Crime Act, which gained Royal Assent in October, but did not come into force until the relevant statutory instrument was issued earlier this month.
Basically Customs officers had these powers because of their criminal investigations into drugs and smuggling, but now they have been granted across the board for HMRC.
The question is – what will happen in practice?
Date: 3rd March, 2008
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