Being the subject of a tax investigation or enquiry by H.M. Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can be a stressful and worrying experience.
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with HMRC investigations, whether they are enquiries into an individual’s Tax Return, more detailed enquiries into a company’s affairs or employer-related investigations into PAYE and P11d compliance. We can help and support you through the otherwise stressful experience of an HMRC investigation.
For many years, HMRC has put extra resources into pursuing more tax. As a result, clients face an increased risk of an enquiry into their tax affairs. In addition, HMRC now have wider powers to undertake an informal check of all areas of a taxpayer’s affairs within a single visit or enquiry. HMRC are expected to use the powers frequently and as a consequence, enquiries will be more complex and the cost of responding even higher. So it is as important as it has ever been for clients to obtain protection against those costs.
With the increased risk of such investigations it may be worth considering taking out our annual fee protection policy to protect you and your business from unexpected costs; an investigation will undoubtedly result in additional accountancy work being undertaken. The amount of work will depend upon the complexity of the case but the cost could be substantial.
We have considerable expertise in defending clients under enquiry by HMRC. If you are selected for a tax enquiry, we will aim to settle it quickly and minimise the final tax liabilities. Even so, answering all of HMRC’s questions takes time and the enquiry could drag on for many months. It can cost thousands of pounds to defend you, whatever the end result.