Top questions about HMRC tax investigations

Mark Taylor, Head of Tax Investigations at Buzzacott gives answers to the top questions he's been asked about tax investigations, including "Why am I being investigated?" and "How long will a tax investigation take?".

Top questions about HMRC tax investigations

Why am I being investigated?

HMRC typically opens an enquiry because it has information that there's something wrong with your tax affairs.

What should I do if I'm due to be investigated?

Cooperate, and consider appointing a specialist to represent you.

How long will a tax investigation take?

This can range from one letter to several months, and in certain cases with more technical issues, years.

How far back can HMRC go?

In most cases, 6 years for carelessness, or for errors that have occurred despite reasonable care, 4 years.

Could I go to prison?

Most of HMRC's investigations are undertaken under their civil powers, which means that the decision has already been taken to work your case on a civil basis, with a view to a potential financial settlement.

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

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