If HMRC need a little crowd funding so that they can afford a £75 warrant I suspect we could arrange it
I’m sure we could, yes.
So, HMRC won’t issues warrants to search for evidence or relevant documents in these case because the costs and hassle are too great.
Richard then researched the costs. They are here, and don’t look to be beyond the wit of the average law enforcement officer to me, which is of course, the intended case. But the cost issue is also well worth noting.
Which is where the £75 comes from.
And just for the record, if the JP is satisfied that it is necessary to authorise multiple entries in order to meet the purpose of the warrant, they may specify that the warrant is for an unlimited number of entries or limited to a maximum number of entries. Despite this HMRC apparently have been unable to fork out this extortionate sum to gain entry to Amazon’s premises to seize the goods of those partaking in a multi billion pound fraud (I stress, that is billion).
I do wonder if they can’t afford the cost whether we should do a crowdfunding to help them out? them? 20p a shot, anyone?
You really could not make arguments this ludicrous up.
Hmm, well. Hands up everyone who thinks that HMRC can get just the one warrant and then have a rootle through Amazon’s warehouses?
Instead of needing a warrant to search for goods to be seized – that warrant being about the person who owns the goods to be seized?
In this case, VAT fraud on imports being sold through Amazon. Note through, not by. So, we need a warrant to seize the goods of Mr. Wat Da Fuck which might be in the Amazon warehouse. And we need another one for those of Mr Who Da Fuck which might also be in that same warehouse.
We need £75 for each trader suspected, not one warrant for a warehouse or for Amazon.
And the amount of VAT to be collected from each trader is? As opposed to the costs of those warrants, it’s worth it is it?
No, I don’t know either but that is the calculation HMRC will have done and which the Senior Lecturer hasn’t.