INS9736 - Provision of information to the Insolvency Service (INSS) to assist their investigations of insolvent individuals and companies: What information will INSS request from us?
INSS will use standard letters for their initial request for information from us. The content of the letters will vary according to the type of insolvency.
Requests to EIS Worthing for information on cases in which a private IP is appointed will use the letter at INS9730D
Requests to EIS Worthing for information on compulsory liquidation cases will use the letter at INS9730E
Requests to EIS Worthing for information in bankruptcy cases will use the letter at INS9730F
If you receive an initial request for information in a format other than the standard letters above, seek advice from Enforcement Technical Team at Queens Dock, Liverpool before disclosing any information.
It may on occasion be necessary for the INSS to submit a request for additional information following their initial request. Any further information disclosed to the INSS must not breach the provisions listed under 2(a) above. Any information disclosed must be relevant and proportionate to the enquiry received. So, for example, copies of entire inspection reports following visits to traders must not be released, but relevant extracts from such reports may be released with information not relevant to the enquiry and any 3r d party information blanked out. If you are in any doubt about what you can legally disclose, seek advice from the Enforcement Technical Team at Liverpool.
The INSS will not routinely request tax histories covering more than 3 years prior to the date of the bankruptcy order or winding up order. Where it is necessary for the INSS to request tax histories exceeding this 3 year period they will explain the reasons for this when submitting the request. You must consider such requests on a case by case basis. If you need further advice on an individual case, contact Enforcement Technical Team at Liverpool.
(This text has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000)