HMRC Enquiries & Tax Investigations

HMRC Enquiries & Tax Investigations

We are happy to discuss in confidence whether we can help you or your clients. Even if you have a query or want a second opinion we are happy for you to contact us, by phone on 03332074404 or chat online.

We have extensive experience managing HMRC enquiries & tax investigations. We are a recognised industry specialist. Anton Lane is an author of a considerable number of published articles, as well as The Practical Enquiries Manual.

We will:

  • Reduce pressure for those under enquiry/investigation
  • Support and vigorously defend
  • Explain the issues in an understandable way
  • Commercially consider the approach with HMRC
  • Tailor our service to your needs, achieving value for you at competitive rates

We specialise in:

  • Tax Disclosures
  • Contractual disclosure facility (Code of practice 9)
  • Code of practice 8
  • Worldwide disclosure facility
  • Common reporting standard
  • Requirement to correct
  • Accelerated payment notices
  • Self-assessment tax return enquiry
  • VAT checks
  • PAYE audit
  • Employment tax check
  • National minimum wage investigations
  • Visits to business premises

Tax disputes can often prove traumatic and time-consuming. Without expert familiarity with HMRC procedure and comprehensive technical knowledge of counter arguments, clients may face excessive liabilities to tax, interest and penalties.

Case study 1: Solar panel installation

An associate introduced us to a company responsible for selling and installing solar panels. The business had grown rapidly, however, the company received a number of offers for payment in cash. The company had also found it difficult to maintain records due to its growth. PAYE payments and VAT refunds were poorly managed and whilst HMRC owed input VAT to the company, they had refused paying it whilst other tax liabilities remained outstanding. The owners of the business had also undertaken aggressive avoidance planning to extract funds from the company. We sought to register our clients under code of practice 9 to protect them from prosecution. We assisted the preparation of a full disclosure report and undertook settlement negotiations. We represented that the schematic planning could not have been implemented because certain resolutions were legally void. We also agreed a release of VAT and an ongoing payment plan in respect to potential liabilities to improve cash flow. A disclosure of all irregularities was provided and a settlement agreed.

Case study 2: Pension liberated

A client had undertaken planning introduced by his advisor to extract funds from his pension and place them in a vehicle intended to be efficient for IHT purposes. We agreed with HMRC that given advice had been provided, the client should be within Code of Practice 8 – rather than suspected of fraud. A full disclosure was prepared to HMRC and negotiations followed regarding whether an unauthorised payment had arisen and if so whether it attracted the additional surcharge (15%). We sought approval that the case should be dealt with under Code of Practice 8. We reviewed over ten years of records and submitted a disclosure. We entered into a favourable negotiated settlement.

Case study 3: Offshore trust

Following the demise of a client’s father, it transpired his assets had been held within an offshore trust and income and gains realised had never been disclosed to HMRC. The family members desired bringing an end to the structure and receiving assets personally. The case was registered under the contractual disclosure facility and a disclosure prepared and submitted. Due to legislative changes over the period of the trust and the availability of records, a negotiated settlement was entered into resulting in a mitigated settlement.

Contact Edge today for Tax Investigation assistance