You might have read or heard in the media that the number of fake phone calls and emails purporting to be from HMRC has risen sharply in recent weeks. One of the latest scams involves a caller claiming that HMRC has started proceedings against you for tax fraud or evasion and from there offering you the services of a lawyer – for upfront payment.
Because sometimes HMRC does make calls or send emails, to help you sort the genuine from the bogus it has updated its guidance on how to spot scams and what steps to take. The guide includes a list of circumstances in which you might be contacted, for example, it is currently carrying out national minimum wage checks by telephone interview. Check HMRC’s latest guide on how to recognise a genuine contact.