Tax Avoidance – COP 8 Investigations

If you are suspected of avoiding paying the right amount of tax, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can conduct a COP 8 investigation against you. If you are subject to an HMRC investigation, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor at your earliest convenience and we will deal with your case throughout the entire process. We are available to represent you anywhere within the country and can instruct tax advisors and forensic accountants if needed.

Free Initial Telephone Consultation

Our Tax Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. Please call us on 0808 168 5550 and ask to speak to Steve Kirby or email

COP 8 Investigation Procedure

If HMRC have reason to believe that you are not paying the right amount of tax or have opened a complex tax avoidance scheme, then they will open a COP 8 investigation against you. The purpose of this investigation is to claim any money that is owed to them plus any additional fines that may be enforced on you. Depending on the results of the investigation, HMRC can also consider launching a criminal investigation off the back of a COP8 enquiry.  HMRC will look out for the following:

  • Pension Schemes
  • Employee Benefit Trusts
  • Inheritance Tax Schemes 
  • Stamp Duty Schemes 
  • Share Loss Relief Schemes.

If you are found to have evaded tax through any of the above, you will be ordered to pay back all of the money you owe, as well as penalties and interest. If the fraud you have committed is serious enough, HMRC can conduct a COP 9 investigation or look to instigate criminal proceedings against you.

Who are the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)?

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is a non-ministerial department of the UK government that oversees various financial responsibilities, most notably the collection of taxes. The department is responsible for the administration and collection of various taxes including income tax and corporation tax while also helping families and individuals with targeted financial support such as the distributions of tax credits including child benefits. Their overall aim is to therefore ensure that we are taxed the right amount and to make it as difficult as possible for people to take advantage of the tax system.

How we can help

If you have been accused of tax fraud, our Tax Defence Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of the trial. We therefore promise to:

•    Advise you throughout the entire process
•    Represent you in an initial interview with the HMRC
•    Prepare and collate all required documents for the HMRC
•    Represent you in court if necessary
•    Take the worry off your hands
•    Argue your case
•    Prepare an appeal if necessary

Given the broad area of law surrounding tax fraud, we will ensure to deal with your case by finding all of the facts and circumstances. 

Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending businesses and individuals accused of fraud.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of tax fraud can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you, your business and your family life. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550 and ask to speak to Steve Kirby. Alternatively you can email the Fraud team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Tax Defence Solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in London, Birmingham, Bedford, Bolton, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Gateshead, Northampton, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield and Wellingborough.

For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

You can always call us on 0808 168 5550 or email


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