At Cartwright King, we understand that HMRC do not always get it right, and mistakes can be made when dealing with your tax. If you are subject to an investigation from HMRC, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor at your earliest convenience and we will deal with your case sensibly and professionally whilst advising you throughout the entire legal process. We are available to represent you anywhere within the country.
HMRC Investigation Procedure
If HMRC have reason to believe that tax has potentially not been paid, then you are likely to receive a letter from them. During the initial stages of the investigation, typically a “compliance investigation”, they will ask you to submit a range of business records while also attempting to arrange an informal meeting. It is essential to know that it may not be compulsory for you to perform either of these actions and it is strongly advised that you seek legal advice as soon as you receive a letter.
Why would you be investigated?
HMRC can look as far back as they wish, typically when “fraud” is alleged they can look back 20 years into your tax activity. It is not always as straight forward as HMRC believing that money is owed as the reason for an investigation taking place. It can include;
- Being located in an area that is well known to HMRC for tax fraud
- A material change in your finances
- A link to other individuals or business that are under investigation
- Random investigations are taking place
Depending on the circumstances, a tax investigation enforced by HMRC can vary in duration; it could be as simple as one letter, or many months of HMRC asking for various documents and other information. If HMRC believe they have evidence that you have intentionally evaded tax and committed fraud, then they have the option to instigate a criminal investigation.
What could the outcome be?
The potential outcomes of an investigation by HMRC vary significantly, from a civil case being closed very quickly with no further action, to a lengthy and protracted criminal prosecution. We will fight for cases to be brought to a close a quickly as possible with the best possible outcome for you.
If you are to undergo a HMRC tax investigation, it is essential that you seek expert legal advice as early as possible. In some very limited cases the tax payer can be interviewed under caution, and you are entitled in law to be legally represented at the Police Station.
You should always insist that HMRC contact Cartwright King and not speak to them until you have had chance to consult with one of our experienced team. Cartwright King’s Defence Solicitors are available to advise you through the legal proceedings and represent you in court if necessary making sure that the strongest defence case is put forward for you.
How we can help
If you have been contacted by HMRC then our Tax Defence Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process. We will:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Represent you in meetings and interviews with HMRC
- Prepare and collate all required documents for HMRC
- Represent you in court or tribunal if necessary
- Take the worry off your hands
Our initial consultation with you to discuss the details of your case is free of charge, based on this information we will provide you with full details of the costs, or Legal Aid should you be eligible, before we proceed with your case. Please call us to discuss your requirements, or email us using the enquiry form below.
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