Serious tax investigations services
Any enquiry by HMRC into your tax affairs is potentially time consuming and costly. Our considerable experience of 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 fair solution and bring 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 will 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 prosecution protection 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.