Fancy getting in the local Press?
If you’re faced with a tax investigation, it’s quite possible that you too could be publicly outed by Taxman. An article in The Guardian* last year announces that from April 2010 any person charged with a civil tax penalty for "deliberate failure" and where the tax liability is more than £25,000, could have their name published by the Taxman. And, whilst it may be unlikely to cause the same sensation as the current Redknapp civil trial, it still has the potential for unwelcome repercussions, not to mention being a massive liability to one’s career.
And that same article quotes HMRC as carrying out 111,863 tax investigations in 2008-09. That is around one in 540 people in the UK. Many of these investigations are the result of a tip off on the HMRC hot line, or over at www.hmrc.gov.uk/tax-evasion.
Furthermore, Accountancy Age** reports that HMRC hopes to collect an additional £7bn of tax revenues a year by 2014/2015 by targeting tax avoiders and tax evaders, and will introduce tougher procedures for civil investigations into suspected cases of serious tax fraud. It makes sense to take any tax enquiry seriously and get professional help swiftly to minimise the chances of any damage to public reputation.
Sean Davern, Director at Tax Investigations Direct offers the following advice:
“If you are notified that you have a tax investigation the worse thing you can do is bury your head in the sand. Do not ignore it. It may be that the Taxman has got it wrong, and if so that certainly needs to be challenged, but if there is a problem it needs to be dealt with. Discounted and/or reduced penalties can be available to those under investigation for cooperation and /or demonstration of reasonable care, and it is important that these attributes are demonstrated to the Taxman. If you ignore the problem you can end up with far higher liabilities than would otherwise be the case.”
Between them, the team at Tax Investigations Direct have over 80 years’ experience of handling tax investigations. Dave E Smith, who sold his successful tax consultancy practice Accountax to Abbey Group, is an ex Inland Revenue HM Inspector of Taxes, who knows the HMRC processes and protocols inside out. He has extensive experience of investigation work and preparing and presenting evidence in various courts and tribunals over 20 years including membership of the highly successful legal team in the case of Jones v Garnett (The Arctic Systems case) which was heard by The House of Lords.
Sean Davern has wide-ranging experience of tax investigations within the construction industry, amongst others, and Cliff A Ryan specialises in tax enquiries and investigations together with the taxation aspects of the entertainment industry.
Tax Investigations Direct offers an initial telephone assessment worth £200 free of charge. It prides itself on a no waffle approach. TID commits to informing a client if their case is hopeless, but Tax Investigations Direct has always been able to help every client they have represented. www.taxinvestigationsdirect.co.uk *