Revenue enquiries - don’t be too helpful
You are probably already aware that the Revenue has strict guidelines on time limits for raising enquiries. If a deadline has passed there has to be good reason to go back to a closed year. However, possibly because of this, in several enquiries recently the Revenue has asked for comparative figures. Once they have the analysis for earlier years they are then using this to start an enquiry into a return that otherwise would be out of time.
So what do you do if you are asked for this type of information? Firstly – do not automatically comply. Secondly, ask for a full explanation and justification as to why the Revenue is seeking to go back to earlier years. Always point out that you are not being deliberately uncooperative but just want to be sure that the enquiry is not out of time.
Date: 7th June, 2007
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