Guidance

Complain about serious misconduct by HM Revenue and Customs staff

How to complain about serious misconduct by HMRC staff and how your complaint will be dealt with.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) considers serious misconduct by members of its staff to be criminal or near criminal behaviour and take these complaints very seriously.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) oversees the way HMRC deals with these complaints.

Serious misconduct includes:

  • assault leading to death or serious injury
  • corruption
  • fraud
  • unauthorised disclosure of customer information

How to make a complaint

Complain about HMRC: serious staff misconduct. You will need to give HMRC as much information as possible, including:

  • your full name and address
  • your reference number (eg National Insurance number, tax reference, VAT number or employer reference)
  • what went wrong
  • when it happened
  • who you dealt with
  • what effect HMRC’s actions had on you
  • how you’d like HMRC to resolve the matter

How your complaint will be dealt with

A complaints coordinator will arrange for your complaint to be reviewed by someone who has not been involved before. They will contact you if they need more information.

When HMRC have reviewed your complaint they will write to you with their response and a timescale to resolve it in.

Taking your complaint further

There is a right of appeal in certain cases that have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Published 1 December 2014