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December 2012

Updated approach to business records checks

HMRC have announced an updated approach to business records checks.

Following a pilot programme of Business Records Checks (BRC), which looked at the records of in excess of three thousand SMEs, HMRC have amended their approach to these checks.

Businesses which HMRC believe are more likely to be at risk of having inadequate records will initially be contacted by letter. HMRC will then phone the business to go through a short questionnaire.

Depending on the outcome of this phone call, HMRC will subsequently confirm to some businesses that no further action is required. Where some issues are identified, businesses will be offered targeted self-help education options.

HMRC have confirmed that where businesses are assessed as being at risk of keeping inadequate records they will be referred for a BRC visit.

If you would like to talk to somebody about your business records, or if HMRC have contacted you about a BRC, please contact us today on either 0121 711 2468 or 02476 518 555.