Since the introduction of self-assessment, HM Revenue & Customs has become more aggressive in how they deal with investigations. Indeed they now have targets to collect more tax in 75% of cases, regardless of how innocent the taxpayer may be.
They do not have to give a reason for an investigation and will often refuse to do so if asked.
Clearly some investigations may be the result of information they have received. But it normally takes more than one report to trigger an enquiry, or be related to what the Revenue perceive as a higher risk business. Sometimes they simply select cases at random.
Regardless of the cause, a tax investigation can be a long, traumatic and expensive experience with costs running into thousands.
We have considerable experience in this field and are aware of the risks involved.
We can also offer a Tax Enquiry Protection Scheme that can protect you against the professional costs involved in defending a HMRC enquiry.
Premiums start from £99 per annum and can provide cover up to £75,000 if needed.
You can get cover for the following:
- Self assessment enquiries
- VAT enquiries
- PAYE or national insurance disputes
- IR 35 enquiries
- Corporation tax enquiries
- Enquiries into Accounts
This cover also provides clients with unlimited access to a 24 hour legal helpline for advice on matters including Employment and Personnel, Health and Safety and other commercial issues. Please contact us on 01204 522113 to discuss this cover.