Survive HMRC Tax Investigations

Mark Taylor, Head of Tax Investigations at Buzzacott talks about how to survive a HMRC tax investigation advising clients to stay calm, get specialist advice and use voluntary disclosure campaigns such as Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) or the HMRC let property campaign.

How do I survive a HMRC tax investigation

Tax investigations have often been described as a rollercoaster of emotions. Having myself worked in tax investigations for the last 25 plus years I've seen this for myself.

Stay calm

I would urge you to stay calm and collected and also to consider any potential settlement with HMRC on a commercial basis rather than taking HMRC's view as being a personal affront and a personal attack on you.

Seek specialist advice

HMRC welcomes specialists being appointed because they realise it expedites the process and it allows your case potentially to be fast tracked to a conclusion. We will make an approach to the HMRC case officer to discuss the specific reasons as to why they have opened that enquiry.

Use a disclosure campaign

In the majority of cases what we could do is we could take advantage of a disclosure campaign such as the more recent Liechtenstein disclosure facility for offshore affairs or onshore facilities such as the property let campaign.

Request a callback or meeting

If you'd like us to give you a call, fill in your details below and we'll email to arrange a good time to speak to our Head of Tax investigations team, Mark Taylor. All communications are in the strictest confidence.

If you'd prefer to speak to our team directly, please call +44 (0)20 7710 3389.

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