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Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999

Schedule 5

118.Current powers of inspection available to DSS officers are set out in section 110 of SSAA 1992. Section 110 is amended to remove from its ambit issues which are being transferred from the Secretary of State to the Inland Revenue.

119.This Schedule sets out in the new section 110ZA the equivalent powers which will be available to Inland Revenue officers when visiting places of business to check on or enforce transferred matters. Initially these will be the former staff of the CA who will become officers of the Inland Revenue when functions are transferred. To align with existing tax sanctions, failure to produce information or documents when required to do so by such an officer will cease to be a criminal offence but instead will attract a civil penalty.

120.Annex B to these Notes shows sections 110 to 111 of SSAA 1992 as amended by the Act.

121.It will still be possible for the Secretary of State to make arrangements with the Inland Revenue for officers to undertake inspections for benefit purposes when they visit premises which they can inspect for their own purposes.

122.The Schedule also makes amendments to sections 111 to 121 SSAA 1992 to transfer operational responsibility for enforcement matters from the Secretary of State to the Inland Revenue.

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