Serious tax investigations services
Call our confidential Tax Dispute Resolution Helpline for a no obligation conversation with one of our team to discuss your tax problem and see if we can assist.
Call our tax dispute resolution helpline now: 0800 0113 451
Facing an investigation into your tax affairs by HMRC can be daunting, time consuming and costly. Our considerable experience of handling tax investigations has taught us that getting the right advice as soon as possible is key to achieving the best possible outcome.
BDO - Supporting and guiding you during tax investigations
BDO’s Tax Dispute Resolution team will use their extensive knowledge of HMRC’s investigation processes and experience of resolving investigations to negotiate a reasonable and compliant solution, while simultaneously bringing your UK tax affairs up to date.
Code of Practice 8 investigations (COP8)
If you are investigated under Code of Practice 8 (COP8) it usually means that HMRC suspects that large amounts of tax are outstanding, but that fraud is not suspected. For instance, HMRC may be challenging tax planning you have implemented.
Code of Practice 9 investigations (COP9)
HMRC’s Code of Practice 9 (COP9) procedures are used where deliberate errors/omissions or serious fraud is suspected.
Although tax fraud is a criminal offence, HMRC will often settle matters through a civil procedure; allowing the use of COP9, the Contractual Disclosure Facility (‘CDF’), to put things right with guaranteed protection against prosecution in exchange for a full disclosure. Refusing such an offer or making an incomplete disclosure will lead to higher penalties on any unpaid tax and could result in prosecution and a criminal record.
You will normally be expected to meet with HMRC during a COP9 investigation. At this point, a specialist experienced in resolving HMRC tax investigations is invaluable.
We offer a confidential, ‘no obligation’ initial meeting, so please get in touch.