The implications of receiving a Tax Investigation Letter
Receiving a letter from HMRC, informing you that a tax investigation has commenced is probably the one piece of correspondence we all dread.
The very formal and legalistic language used in a tax investigation letter, particularly one issued by HMRC null or Civil Investigation of Fraud is worrying and intimidating. And lets be honest, that is part of HMRC’s intention.
An HMRC tax investigation letter can come in many forms, each carrying its own particular nuances. That said, basic case selection for a tax investigation is pretty much the same, regardless of size, scale or gravity. If you receive a tax investigation letter from any HMRC department then there are likely well founded reasons behind why you or your business has been selected.
Please refer to our dedicated page – Why have I been selected for tax investigation? for more information.
A tax investigation letter from an HMRC local compliance office will generally focus on one or more aspects of your self assessment tax return.
You can find more detailed information by visiting our page – check of self assessment tax return
We are seeing many more tax investigation letters from HMRC’s Hidden Economy Teams. Hidden Economy Teams focus on individuals and businesses who may be operating outside of the tax system. They are heavily resourced and any contact from an HMRC Hidden Economy Team needs to be treated with particular respect.
You can find more detailed information reading our article on HMRC Hidden Economy Teams
Serious Tax Fraud
You can find detailed information on serious tax fraud by visiting each of our dedicated pages.
Please do take some time to read through these guides thoroughly, as Code of Practice 9 is certainly no time for half measures.
Whatever the circumstances, if you receive a tax investigation letter from HMRC you should immediately seek advice from a tax investigation specialist.
We do not charge for giving you an experienced view. You will be getting free tax investigation advice from a former, senior HMRC tax inspector, so why not take advantage of the opportunity.
Please call us on 0330 999 5000 if you have any questions or concerns. Whatever you do, do not bury your head in the sand. Putting that tax investigation letter in the draw, in the hope that it will go away, could be costly.
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Be positive and proactive early – place your trust in Admiral Tax Investigations. We will not let you down.