Tax investigations

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HMRC can look into your affairs in great detail. We are here to help if HMRC target you.

Why are HMRC investigating?

£800 million has been allocated to target tax evasion, in a bid to fill the public finance black hole. Many tax investigations are random. Even if you have done nothing wrong, you are still at risk of an investigation which can take many months and cost thousands of pounds in professional fees.

Beware ‘CONNECT’!

HMRC are using a piece of highly efficient software which is accessing and trawling through your financial information right now.

The ‘CONNECT’ system is scouring vast databanks to unearth discrepancies between taxpayers and businesses, income, assets and transactions. However, sometimes they may not be correct and select the wrong targets.

Since 2008, billions of pounds worth of extra tax has been clawed back and the reach of ‘CONNECT’ is ever growing.

What could an investigation involve?

Some investigations will involve a detailed examination of a specific item on a tax return, others may extend to a full review of all individual or business affairs. HMRC has the power to inspect business documents and assets at your premises, can ask for documents and information, make unannounced inspections and go back up to six years to investigate matters.

What should I do if HMRC target me?

If HMRC states its intention to investigate your tax position don’t panic, call us, – your dedicated accountant and best line of defence. We will translate the many complicated questions the taxman may pose, manage the entire conversation with the taxman, help you submit any required information and minimise the impact on your business or personal accounts.

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