HMRC starts to crack down on IT sector R&D tax credit claims

R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown, has identified that software companies are starting to receive letters from HMRC regarding recently filed R&D claims that ask recipients to “help confirm you are eligible”.  Here Tom Heslin, associate director and senior software sector specialist at ForrestBrown, offers practical advice for companies who have received a “nudge” letter from HMRC having filed a claim. …

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HMRC under fire for multiple serious personal data mishaps

The UK taxation body, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs department (HMRC), has reported 11 “serious” personal data incidents to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2020. According to litigation practice Griffin Law, the incidents affected a total of 23,173 people and further investigation is warranted. The biggest incident by volume occurred in May this year, when National Insurance number letters …

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HMRC bombarded by 5,000 malicious emails per day

In the past three months, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received a total of 521,582 malicious emails, according to data acquired by the Parliament Street think tank. From June to September, HMRC has been the recipient of more than 5,000 malicious emails per day on average, including spam messages, phishing attempts and malware-rigged communications. Spam and junk messages accounted …

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