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HMRC internal manual

Compliance Handbook

Agent operational guidance: dishonest tax agents: establishing dishonest conduct: Human Rights Act message

As soon as you have reason to believe the individual has been involved in dishonest conduct you must tell them about their human rights.

You must make the individual aware of their rights under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

You can read more about HMRC penalties and Article 6 of the ECHR at CH300000.

The message you must give the individual about their human rights and penalties for dishonest conduct is contained in factsheet TAFS Tax agents: Dishonest conduct (HMRC Website). See CH300600 for more guidance about giving the human rights message.

If you are in a meeting, ensure that the TAFS Tax agents: Dishonest conduct factsheet with the human rights message is given to the individual who has engaged in dishonest conduct.

If the factsheet is to be posted make sure the letter is marked private and confidential for the attention of the individual.

You must confirm that the individual understands the human rights message contained in the factsheet and, if you are in a meeting with them, make a written note to that effect.

The factsheet is also available in SEES Forms and Letters.