Introduction to this document

Enquiry - letter declining an interview

There is no statutory obligation to attend an interview with HMRC. If HMRC requests a meeting, but you're satified that there's no advantage to having one at this stage of the enquiry, you can write, declining a meeting and explaining why.

Probing questions

Once they have been through your records, the tax inspector dealing with your enquiry likes to sit down with you and go through a pre-prepared list of questions. They will have already anticipated your answers to some of these and will have more probing follow-up questions to match. The risk at interview is that you might give too much away or just give the wrong answer, all in an attempt to be helpful and get rid of the problem. Therefore, if you don't want to attend an interview, send our Enquiry - Letter Declining an Interview to the tax inspector dealing with your enquiry.