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Do you take your tax investigation on holiday with you?

Do you take your tax investigation on holiday with you?

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For most, any contact from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can be a worry.  The last thing you want is to take your tax investigation on holiday with you.

Why are you under a tax investigation?

Sometimes the reason is obvious, at least in the opening stages.  But when you have already answered countless questions and now the Inspector seems to have lost direction, you do sometimes wonder why you are still under a tax investigation.

Unless you take ownership of the problem and seek specialist advice, HMRC will continue to be in charge.  Is that the right way round?

Tax investigations can be complex and protracted lasting for months and even years.  The Inspector can be changed for various reasons but they are still coming after you.  The letters get longer and the questions get more intrusive.

I am not a tax evader, I am a tax avoider

This can make no difference to HMRC.  HMRC police the UK tax system so if they believe anything is amiss then they will investigate.

If you have participated in a tax scheme, HMRC may refer to you as a tax avoider.  Conversely if you have been remiss in not declaring all of your income.  The only difference between the two at the moment is that penalties are only applied if you have evaded tax.

Whatever happened to being “innocent until proven guilty”?

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can come across as aggressive to the extent that afterwards you feel guilty even if you have not done anything wrong.  Some would say that its down to the training an Inspector has, others may feel simply being victimised.

Do you know what will happen next and why?

If you have sought specialist advice then the answer should be yes.

If you haven’t, then the tax investigation can drift along and you become reactive to events and not proactive.

What can be done?

Seek specialist help.  Take control.

I can be contacted at pmalin@hwca.com, Andy can be contacted at amaxfield@hwca.com (when we are  not on holiday!)

If you cannot find the information you need on our website, please contact Paul Malin or Andy Maxfield using our contact form or email directly to pmalin@hwca.com or amaxfield@hwca.com

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