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Code of Practice 8 (COP 8) Investigation Specialists

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Code of Practice 8 investigations, otherwise known as COP 8, generally arise where HMRC suspect that artificial tax arrangements or avoidance schemes have been used to underpay tax. COP 8 is unlikely to involve allegations of serious tax fraud and should remain a civil tax investigation if handled carefully. However, if during the process it appears that HMRC fraud is involved then it could be upgraded to COP 9 or even a full tax fraud investigation.

Our specialists have significant experience and boast an outstanding success rate in assisting people facing a COP 8 tax investigation.

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If you have received a COP 8 letter from HMRC, contact our team without delay and speak to one of our tax litigation lawyers. You can contact our team via the following means:

Solicitor or Accountant?

If you are considering contacting an accountant or a solicitor regarding a COP 8 investigation, you should be aware that information you provide to your solicitor enjoys a special status called legal professional privilege.

Your accountant cannot provide this protection, although they may be able to gain it if they are instructed by a solicitor. If an assessment of the tax due is required, and there is to be a report prepared about your tax affairs, we can instruct an accountant on your behalf.

Who Can Help You?

Jonathan Wright

Partner

Mark Wilson, Partner at Richard Nelson LLP

Mark Wilson

Partner

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What we do...

Our team contains experienced COP 8 investigation lawyers and solicitors. We know how important it is to resolve Code of Practice 8 investigations quickly, whilst also protecting you liberty and privacy, and restricting the financial consequences. Our tax investigation services include:

  • Immediate responses to dawn raids, arrests and interviews under caution;
  • The quick arrangement of advice and assistance for you, including meeting as appropriate, for all aspects of COP 8 investigations;
  • Drawing upon close working relationships with independent tax consultants, forensic tax accountants, and specialist tax barristers, so that we can involve them in your case if necessary;
  • Helping you to avoid a HMRC criminal investigation if one has not already started, by a carefully managed disclosure to HMRC where appropriate;
  • Minimising the effects of an existing tax fraud investigation and helping to convert it to a civil solution;
  • The robust defence of a tax fraud prosecution, including challenging Restraint Orders and Confiscation proceedings;
  • We act for taxpayers anywhere in England and Wales, including in London (but not at London prices).

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