Tax investigations

How we can help with tax investigations and enquiries

It is unfortunate that you may at some point fall under investigation by HM Revenue and Customs through no fault of your own or of your accountant. HMRC can also randomly investigate businesses, so it’s likely you will experience either at some point.  A full investigation can be daunting, and you’ll need expert defense to get through the arduous process.

If you happen to be selected, you’ll most certainly need an accountant who knows how HMRC to expertly fight your case. We ensure Inland Revenue keep to their own internal guidelines and don’t step outside of these guidelines. We support you throughout and clearly explain and guide you through the enquiry process with complete transparency, so you know your position all the way.

The Penalties

There are various penalties HMRC can seek to impose following an enquiry for undeclared income. As well as seeking for you to pay extra tax, they may seek penalties up to an amount equal to the tax, therefore doubling your tax bill. They also incur Interest on the overdue payment of the tax, something no business owner wants to be stung by.. an enormous tax bill. We can help you keep these penalties to a minimum.

Anti-investigation scanning checks

Whilst anyone can fall under investigation, we can help minimise the chance of being selected with our anti-investigation scanning checks.  We understand the triggers that can lead to investigations, and if certain points are not comprehensively explained when submitting tax returns. Every return or set of accounts we submit goes through an anti-investigation scanning check to identify any areas that may lead to an enquiry.

For more information on tax investigations, contact us.

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