HMRC first launched the pilot scheme in April 2011 and has already checked the records of around 2,500 businesses, finding bookkeeping issues in 28% of cases while 11% required follow-up visits.
However, the programme came under heavy criticism amid claims that it was ‘heavy handed’ and increased the compliance burden on smaller businesses.
Graham Purvis, Tax Partner at Robson Laidler LLP, said: “HMRC has now agreed to suspend the BRC scheme while it consults further with the aim of re-launching the programme early in the new tax year.”
“Until then, however, we would advise all business owners to ensure that their records are in order to avoid being caught out when the checks resume. If in any doubt, it is always best to seek professional advice as soon as possible.”
Please contact Graham if you would like to discuss this further.