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HMRC internal manual

Specialist Investigations Operational Guidance

Investigation work: general: access to premises and records

A request by an Investigator to visit business premises and to inspect records can be a very sensitive issue. The power to do so exists in relation to direct as well as indirect taxes (paragraph 10, Sch 36 FA 2008).

Detailed guidance on the use of paragraph 10 can be found in the Compliance Handbook. The Investigator should discuss the circumstances of each visit with their Team Leader in advance of it taking place.

Where, exceptionally, it is thought necessary to visit private premises in a Code 8 investigation case, detailed guidance may be found at TTOG11550.