Time consuming and expensive, HMRC tax investigations are on the increase

Fee Protection Service

There are now more compliance investigations by HMRC than ever as the body focuses its approach to collecting revenue and battling tax evasion - and you don’t need to have done something wrong to be investigated. Anyone who’s submitted a tax return is a potential target and our tax investigation service is your best defence.

What’s going on?

HMRC has been evaluating the way in which it conducts compliance checks, which has resulted in a much more focussed approach to collecting revenue, and a significant increase in the number of HMRC investigations.

What is a tax investigation?

Many tax investigations can be at random. Unusual fluctuations, undisclosed accounts and random spending can also prompt an enquiry into individuals and companies. HMRC has the power to inspect business documents and assets at your premises, ask for documents and information, make unannounced inspections and go back up to six years to investigate matters. And when HMRC investigates, it can drag on for a year or more, creating mounting costs and increased stress levels.

Could I be investigated?

You do not need to have done something wrong to get investigated - anyone who submits a tax return is a potential target. There doesn’t have to be a specific reason. When everyone is feeling the economic pinch, the risk of an inconvenient, expensive and time-consuming tax investigation is higher than ever.

How our fee protection service can help

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

However, there’s always a catch: the cost of supporting you throughout an investigation is not covered in our usual accountancy fees. This is where a fee protection service comes in.

The fee protection service

We have negotiated fee protection service for you with Croner TaxWise.

The fee service provides cover for the fees incurred in defending most types of enquiries and disputes.

The service covers up to the equivalent of £100,000 towards our professional fees resulting from an HMRC Enquiry.

By taking out this service, you’ll also be dealing with a trusted and familiar face that knows your affairs - not an unknown accountant who may be appointed if you subscribe to an alternative scheme. We believe that we know your business best and we want to be there for you when you need us most.

Get in touch via email, and let’s prepare for the unexpected together.

Additional Peace of Mind

Included as part of our Fee Protection Service is comprehensive access to employment, Health and Safety and HR expertise, all at no cost to you.

You’ll gain invaluable access to highly experienced consultants. They will provide you with guidance on a wide variety of business-related issues covering HR, Employment Law and Health and Safety. The Commercial Legal Advice Line is also available for queries that fall outside of core Tax, Employment Law and Health and Safety.

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