HMRC puts pause on investigations

HM Revenue & Customs has suspended some investigations into taxpayers and businesses due to constraints on resources during the coronavirus crisis.

The tax authority have written to taxpayers currently under investigation, stating they will not request information or documents during the current lockdown, nor press for responses to requests already made. In some cases, HMRC has said it will temporarily suspend inquiries.

The move comes as the tax authority faces an unprecedented challenge in administering the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme for furloughed workers.