June 08th, 2018
Tax Investigations Frequently Asked Questions
Richard Nelson LLP's specialist tax lawyers round up the most frequently asked questions on tax investigations & provide their help and advice.
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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are one of the most powerful investigating bodies. They have the powers to open and conduct either a civil tax investigation or a HMRC criminal investigation where they suspect that tax or duty has been evaded, under-declared or underpaid, or that a tax fraud has taken place.
Civil tax investigations and inquiries will generally take place when the tax evaded is significant and can include artificial tax arrangements or avoidance schemes used to underpay tax. Civil tax investigations can also be used where HMRC believe that serious tax fraud has taken place, but they are still prepared to deal with it in a civil investigation. However, HMRC will keep this under review and if a civil investigation does not proceed appropriately or if more serious criminal tax evasion is revealed than they initially believed, then a civil tax investigation can be upgraded to a HMRC criminal investigation.
We are specialist tax investigation solicitors and fraud lawyers who are experienced in advising and defending all forms of tax investigations, HMRC fraud, tax inquiry, tax fraud investigation, criminal tax evasion, and HMRC investigations and inquiries. If you require advice in relation to any issue relating to a tax investigation, contact one of our tax investigation solicitors today for a confidential discussion.
Depending on the nature of your tax investigation inquiry, you may want to refer to our tax investigations FAQs or one of our more specific tax service pages below.