HMRC have the authority to conduct criminal investigations leading to prosecutions in the most serious cases. These investigations are often intrusive & can be catastrophic if not dealt with correctly by specialist advisors with the relevant experience & training.
A criminal investigation conducted by HMRC is obviously incredibly serious and certainly should not be taken lightly. HMRC have the authority to prosecute in the most serious of cases and will seek such actions where appropriate.
HMRC’s Criminal Investigation policy gives information on when HMRC may consider the use of proceedings and gives examples of what may trigger a criminal investigation. These include:
in cases of organised criminal gangs attacking the tax system or systematic frauds where losses represent a serious threat to the tax base, including conspiracy
As a result, this type of investigation can be intrusive and has a much broader range than a relatively simple compliance check.
Due to the serious nature of such an investigation and the suspicion of fraud, we at The Tax Faculty recommend that you contact us before you respond HMRC's opening contact so that our expert HMRC-handling specialists can provide you with the best possible advice on how you should proceed.
Our experts have many years of experience in both conducting serious fraud investigations for HMRC as senior tax inspectors and also in defending clients from such investigations and allegations of serious fraud. By discussing your circumstances in a non-judgemental atmosphere with our specialists, we can give you detailed advice throughout the process.
Even if you do not eventually use The Tax Faculty, please do seek advice at an early stage. Whether you are an individual who has been placed under criminal investigation by HMRC, or you are a private practice whose client is under criminal investigation, please do not ignore the letter or attempt to respond without first seeking advice from professionals with the relevant experience.
We also offer our services to those who already under criminal investigation. Our experts can assist and give a new perspective on existing investigations, providing a pathway to navigate the investigation to a conclusion and can at times persuade HMRC to take the investigation to a civil rather than a criminal footing.
In addition to dealing directly with individual client investigations, our specialists have a proven track record of assisting independent practices in dealing with investigations into their clients.
Our experts number industry award-winners for the way in which they handle COP9 investigations, making The Tax Faculty the best place for pragmatic advice. All initial consultations are free of charge as we know how confusing and complex such investigations can be, therefore we want to be sure that we are best placed to assist before you commit to our services.
Have you or one of your clients come under criminal investigation from HMRC? Before you respond to HMRC, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make sure that you take the necessary steps to ensure that any response is correct, complete and most importantly does not prejudice the future of any resulting investigations.
HMRC have incredibly strict deadlines by which you must reply and your response must be adhere to HMRC's strict criteria, so it is very important that you take expert advice as soon as possible.