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Associate Services provide comprehensive support through worrying times,
dealing directly with HMRC as your tax agent.

Tax Investigations

Have you entered a ‘legitimate’ Tax Avoidance scheme or Tax Planning strategy in good faith as a result of slick marketing, offering high returns and the likes of 90% take home pay?

With HMRC constantly shutting down loopholes by changing legislation, individuals and businesses across the UK who sought tax advantages through schemes disclosable under DOTAS (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes) or similar strategies are receiving HMRC Enquiry letters or Advance Payment Notices.

If you’re going through an enquiry or investigation you can feel alone, drowning in paperwork, and at a complete loss. Be assured that there are ways to deal with HMRC.

Associate Services provide comprehensive support through these worrying times, dealing directly with HMRC as your tax agent.

How can we support you?

  • Challenge or reduce your demand.
  • Guidance when contacting HMRC regarding an enquiry.
  • Assist you with gaining more time to pay.
  • Review of your current planning to avoid risk of future investigations.

If you are in receipt of an enquiry letter, ensure you get professional representation before contacting HMRC as anything you say to them could be recorded and used as evidence against you later in the enquiry period.

You Need To…

An investigation often provokes a number of stressful emotions. In reality, very few cases end in a custodial sentence. So there’s no need to expect the worst.

If you are being investigated by HMRC, it is highly recommended that you seek out specialist advice from a company who specialises in this field. You will need somebody on your side who understands the jargon and knows how HMRC operates who can take some of the emotional strain from your shoulders. It’s also likely to be cheaper in the long run.

Tempting though it might be to offload your woes at the pub, spa or golf club, it is never a good idea, unless you want everyone to know the details of your case; and that might include a taxman. It’s also almost certain that what your friends advise you will be wrong and therefore detrimental to your chances of reaching a settlement with HMRC.

This is the simplest and most reliable way of avoiding that jail sentence! Speak with the experts and let them advise.

An HMRC investigator has a huge number of resources at his disposal and is not afraid to ask questions. As the book says “Stick with the wartime advice: ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’. Letting a former flatmate know that you paid for your house in the Dordogne in cash is not literally going to kill you. But it may cost you the chance of getting a good deal with the taxman should he begin investigating your affairs.”

Remember the motto “no one prepares to fail – they fail to prepare”. It is pointless trying to evade the HMRC’s questions with insufficient preparation – the investigator will simply use his statutory powers to force you to give him the answers he seeks and your lack of preparation will be deemed to be “lack of co-operation”.

HMRC sees this as an important sign of a willingness to co-operate. It may also save you a huge amount in interest, which accrues from the date when the tax should have been paid to the day it is actually paid. On the other hand, overpayment of the outstanding liabilities may lead HMRC to an unrealistic expectation of the amount you owe.

It’s usually unhelpful. If you don’t have the appropriate records, HMRC may assume you are trying to hide something when you are not.

Do not suffer from selective amnesia when disclosing information involuntarily – this is particularly distasteful to HMRC and is likely to lead to a more punitive settlement since the HMRC will take into account your lack of co-operation when determining the penalty you have to pay as part of your settlement.

HMRC will view those who offend a second time in a much more serious light.

If you follow these rules you should survive a tax investigation – and may even do so with your sanity intact!

Without professional representation, there is a possibility you may end up with larger assessments and considerably higher penalties from HMRC.