VAT refund fraud alert

Hillier Hopkins LLP

Chartered Accountants & Tax Advisers

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We have been made aware of cases where taxpayers’ bank account details have been amended by HMRC without their knowledge.

We are urging clients to be vigilant and check that their details on the HMRC portal are correct.

This particular fraud has affected VAT registered companies and has meant that VAT repayments have been diverted to a third party.

We understand this has occurred when HMRC has received a letter or VAT 484 purporting to be from the taxpayer requesting their details be changed. HMRC has simply changed the details and followed up with a letter to say their details have been updated.

We would urge anyone submitting VAT repayments to check that their bank details are correct on the HMRC portal and contact HMRC as soon as possible if anything is wrong on

Telephone 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK +44 2920 501 261.

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Ruth Corkin - Prinicipal - VAT and Indirect Tax Advisory at Hillier Hopkins

Ruth has been involved with VAT for over 30 years. She started her VAT career as a Customs and Excise Officer in Essex and then moved into consultancy with a variety of well-known accountancy firms. She is well known in the VAT world and is the proud author of many articles and technical works.

Contact Ruth at or on +44 (0)1908 713860

Based at the following office - Milton Keynes, Watford and London