RSTP2002 - Information notices

Overview of RSTPA guidance on information notices.

We expect that the majority of people will want to co-operate with us when we carry out checks (routine or otherwise) in relation to a person’s tax position because they appreciate that co-operation will help the check to be as quick and effective as possible.

We understand that some people, for whatever reasons, may not  co-operate with requests for information or documents. Where a person does not co-operate with  such requests and we do not consider there to be a legitimate reason for failing to do so, we may issue a legal notice requiring the person to provide information and/or produce documents. This notice is called an information notice.

There are four types of information notice:

Different rules apply to each type of notice but there are some rules (see RSTP2003) and restrictions (see RSTP2009) which apply generally to all information notices.

The guidance is set out as follows:

General rules applying to information notices.

Taxpayer information notice.

Third party information notice.

Identity unknown information notice.

Identification information notice.

Tribunal approval of taxpayer & third party notice.

Restrictions on information notices.

RSTPA guidance on complying with an information notice.

RSTPA guidance on the consequences of concealing, destroying or disposing of a document required by an information notice, including a criminal offence.