A1.604 Production of tax documents
The question of privilege in relation to tax matters is frequently of considerable importance. The Board regards the information in its possession as confidential in that it is not to be disclosed to a third party except with the consent of the taxpayer to whom it relates. Any person who discloses any information held in the exercise of tax functions, tax credit functions, child trust fund functions or social security functions is guilty of an offence if the information relates to the tax of any identifiable person1 unless2:
• the disclosure is made with lawful authority, or
• it is made with the consent of the identifiable person, or
• the information has previously been lawfully available to the public
Tax functions means functions relating to tax carried out by HMRC and its officers, tribunal members and their staff3.
Tax credit functions means functions relating to tax credits under the Tax Credits Act 2002 carried out by HMRC and its officers, tribunal members and their staff4.
Child trust fund functions means functions relating to child trust funds (as defined in the Child Trust Funds Act 2004) carried out by HMRC and it officers, tribunal members and their staff5.
Social security functions means functions6: