Criminal Investigator job in Glasgow at HMRC

Criminal Investigator

Company: HMRC

Location: Croydon UK

Date Posted:Jan 11, 2018

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is one of the UK’s largest organisations, with around 56,000 employees, collecting over £500 billion in tax revenue, and serving 45 million individuals and 4.8 million businesses. Within HMRC, the Customer Compliance Group (CCG) plays a critical part in administering the UK’s tax system. With 22,000 people in many roles and professions, with a range of professional expertise; CCG is HMRC’s single biggest line of business, with staff in 120 locations in the UK, and covering more than 100 countries worldwide The Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) within CCG is HMRC’s counter-fraud organisation, with a clear statement of purpose: 'We protect funding for UK public services, investigating the most harmful tax cheats and ensuring no-one is beyond our reach'. You will work as a Criminal Investigator within the Offshore, Corporate and Wealthy (OCW) work stream in HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS). We can offer you the chance to make a difference. The 2015 Summer Budget provided additional resourcing for criminal investigations into cases of suspected tax fraud, with a particular emphasis on criminal activity by the wealthy and the entities they control. Criminal investigations have an important part to play in addressing instances of tax fraud where a civil settlement would not be appropriate. As an experienced tax professional in external practice you are uniquely placed to help us. You will contribute new ideas and different perspectives to our criminal investigations as we look to improve operational efficiency using new work practices and team structures. Our investigations are carried out using criminal procedures and powers, with a view to obtaining evidence to enable an independent prosecuting body to bring a criminal prosecution. Career development is an important part of HMRC. As a Grade 7, we see you as a key leader, helping to shape our future direction. We can give you the scope to lead cases, making your decisions within a team structure. You will need to demonstrate: Exceptional analytical skills. Much of the work will require the critical interrogation of large amounts of material obtained in the course of an investigation from diverse sources. The post-holder will need to confidently make decisions as to relevance of material, and to identify and pursue lines of enquiry in criminal cases. The post-holder will need to be able to assess complex and diverse tax risks that arise out of the information obtained. Excellent communication skills. Much of the work done by FIS criminal teams requires written submissions and statements that are considered by courts, prosecuting agencies and senior leaders within HMRC. Investigators need to be confident in advancing their thoughts and opinions, but able to consider and reflect on the views of others, including solicitors and Counsel. Liaison with counterparts in other jurisdictions is also likely. Due to the prevalence of digital technology throughout all aspects of business, knowledge and understanding of IT and how best to employ those tools is a key skill in modern criminal investigation. Good people skills, to work closely with and through partners and colleagues. Team working in criminal cases is critical to their success. Good time management and organisational skills. These are needed to comply with the often stringent deadlines imposed by the Criminal Justice system. There needs to be flexibility to meet deadlines and to show a commitment to continuous improvement and working in a culture of change, both within the criminal investigation sphere and the wider HMRC. This work area is likely to be novel for most new post-holders. Another essential skill is the ability to pick up new concepts and skills quickly, including those that provide the governance around criminal investigations, and follow these in their day-to-day work. Investigators will require a good knowledge of Income Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax along with understanding of the impact of other tax and duty regimes, especially in relation to corporate entities controlled by individuals under investigation. Your responsibilities will include • Leading complex investigations, typically involving both on-shore and off-shore structures controlled by high net worth individuals. Some of the cases investigated may also arise from schemes or products sold to users as ways to avoid tax, but which are in fact predicated on fraud • Working within case teams led by non-tax professional colleagues, providing tax technical support and assisting in all aspects of these investigations: this may include assistance in searches of premises, arrests and interviews under caution upon completion of appropriate training • Considering referrals and intelligence from elsewhere in HMRC and developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders • Working closely with HMRC Solicitors, Accountants and other technical specialists, with the prosecuting agencies and with Counsel • Case management and disclosure in criminal cases • Attendance at Court Mandatory training is provided on joining a criminal team within FIS; this training is accredited by the University of Portsmouth and leads to the award of a qualification. The training will equip post-holders with the Criminal Justice skills needed to complement the tax professional skills they will already have. It will enable the post-holder to obtain production orders and search warrants, handle evidence, conduct interviews with witnesses and give evidence in Magistrates and Crown Court. Investigators are encouraged to undertake further available training, including on officer safety, which will allow the post-holder to exercise the full powers of an HMRC FIS criminal investigator, including exercising the power of arrest in appropriate cases and leading interviews under caution in police stations. It is anticipated that there will be 4 roles in Leeds, 2 roles in Manchester and 2 roles in either London or Croydon, with a likelihood of further roles arising from a recent budget measure. Person specificationYou must have a strong, current working knowledge of income tax and corporation tax law and practice. QualificationsYou must be a qualified Tax Professional with a direct tax CTA (ATII) or an equivalent internal HMRC qualification (TPDP, or predecessor qualifications (ITS2, IDP, CPT, FT2)) or hold an accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, ICAS, Chartered Accountants Ireland) with a strong tax element.  View full job description
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