Why would HMRC call me?
HMRC, which stands for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, is the tax authority in the United Kingdom. They collect taxes, administer tax-related benefits and credits, and ensure compliance with tax laws. HMRC may contact individuals for various reasons, including:
1. Tax-related queries
HMRC may call to discuss or clarify information related to your tax return, tax obligations, or any discrepancies they have identified.
2. Payment reminders
If you have outstanding tax payments, HMRC may contact you to remind you of the amounts owed and provide guidance on payment options.
3. Verification of information
HMRC may reach out to verify specific details or request additional information to process your tax return accurately.
4. Benefit or tax credit issues
If you receive tax credits or benefits administered by HMRC, they may contact you to discuss eligibility, changes in circumstances or to request supporting documentation.
5. Compliance checks and investigations
In some cases, HMRC may initiate inspections or investigations into potential tax evasion, fraud, or non-compliance. They may contact individuals as part of these processes.
It’s important to note that scammers often impersonate HMRC in phone calls to deceive individuals and extract personal or financial information. They may use various tactics to create a sense of urgency, such as threatening legal action or promising tax refunds. To verify the legitimacy of a call claiming to be from HMRC, keep the following in mind:
– HMRC will never demand immediate payment or threaten you with arrest.
– They will never ask for personal or financial information over the phone.
– Genuine HMRC calls often involve providing reference numbers or other identifying details related to your tax affairs.
Suppose you receive a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC and need clarification on its authenticity. In that case, We recommend ending the call and independently verifying the caller’s identity by using official HMRC contact details from their official website or official correspondence.
Remember to exercise caution and protect your personal and financial information, as scammers often use tactics to exploit individuals’ concerns about their taxes and financial matters.