Dawn Raids by HMRC
The Government (and the CPS) said in 2010 that their aim was to raise the number of tax cases prosecuted 'five‐fold' by the end of tax year 2014/15. Accordingly HMRC's criminal investigations activity ‐ interviews under caution, arrests, and searches of premises under warrant ‐ has been dramatically stepped up. This briefing note provides a short practical guide to dealing with searches of premises under warrant by HMRC ‐ sometimes called 'dawn raids' as they are often carried out first thing in the morning. This note is not a substitute for legal advice. If HMRC turn up with a warrant, call a specialist lawyer with practical experience of raids immediately. The Fieldfisher 24 hour emergency number is 0161 981 0989.