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HMRC internal manual

Compliance Handbook

How to do a compliance check: using inspection powers: inspection at a person’s home: when inspection is not allowed

You do not have powers to visit homes used in connection with a business in the following circumstances

  • a director or employee is working from home
  • a director or employee has temporarily taken some records home from other business premises to work on
  • premises, including rooms in a house, are rented to another person and used solely by them as their home.

On the other hand, where a partner in a business works partly from home, that home will be business premises of the partnership. But a visit would only be justified in exceptional circumstances, perhaps to support a challenge to the amount of domestic expenses claimed as a business deduction.

Specific guidance about valuation inspections is at CH25380 and CH256000.