Hi 17872 -
Perhaps you could enlighten the forum how you have got on with the absence of till audit rolls or even get back to us if you feel that you could benefit from updated observations on your developing enquiry. Remember however that HMRC might also be looking at forums like these so that if a direct one to one chat would benefit you please feel free to get in touch at the email shown below or on 07751720507 (24/7 mobile line).
Convincing HMRC investigators that something is real is not always easy when they are on the scent of additional monies to the Exchequers coffers. Sometimes you can wonder if they live in the real world and accept that everything is above board especially when the trader hasn't (hopefully) had any previous experience of HMRC enquiries where they told him that he should be keeping audit rolls. Equally of course you do need to have played your part and it would always be good practice to have a look (during the year or when you get the chance) to see how the trader is keeping their records and see if there are any improvements needed to insulate them against the potential of an HMRC visit/enquiry.
Remember to have a look at the till tails for things like "No Sales" (are there too many to suggest off record sales), Customer counts, Transaction counts and other pointers to things not being 100% right and also on the latest audit rolls (time(s) of first sale(s) on a day and time(s) of last sale(s) on a day and various timing permutations that can be seen from a close examination.
It's always good to chat and share experiences!!!
regards and hope this helps
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