HMRC steps up unannounced visits for debt enforcement
Businesses are being warning that HMRC has begun to increase the number of unannounced visits it makes to employers’ premises to collect unpaid PAYE.
Experts are warning that officers from HMRC’s Debt Enforcement team are making visits to premises to collect underpaid PAYE identified from employer’s RTI submissions.
HMRC has recently improved its data collection system and is now able to chase debts more quickly. As soon as a liability is one day overdue, the taxpayer identified is chased up immediately by either letter, telephone or an unannounced visit.
In many instances it appears that the automatic system does not distinguish between employers with a good payment history, and those with bad payment histories, allocating cases to one of it’s three chasing up processes on a random basis.
With RTI there are monthly payment deadlines, so any errors or underpayment could result in Enforcement officers on the doorstep each month if there are any issues.
If there are any issues employers are being urged to contact their accountant immediately who can get to the heart of the problem.
Source - Harris Lipman