VAT Investigations

VAT or Value Added Tax is a notoriously illogical and complex tax to understand, with some practitioners jokingly suggesting VAT stands for “Very Awkward Tax”!

Our experience is that HMRC Officers specialising in VAT will routinely approach even the most innocent of errors as potentially serious or, at worst, fraudulent.  Even when such simple or innocent errors occur, HMRC take convincing that more serious behaviours are not in existence.

Despite HMRC now dealing with all taxes and duties on a “joined up” basis, disputes and disagreements with HMRC Officers specialising in VAT still tend to feature amongst the most robust enforcement action we experience with HMRC, often with HMRC Officers failing to recognise their statutory powers and limitations.

If VAT matters have gone more seriously awry, we are experts in helping people who have committed a VAT fraud or serious VAT error to remedy this with HMRC in the most sensitive and effective way.  Our approach is to help navigate through HMRC’s complicated processes to minimise the VAT liabilities, interest and penalties as far as is possible.

How can we help?

We have been dealing with HMRC related troubles for over 50 years, having dealt with hundreds of cases both as former HMRC Investigators and assisting and supporting clients in our time in practice.  Our clients tell us that they value our extensive knowledge and genuine “hands on” approach to any matter involving HMRC disputes and difficulties.

We operate nationally, or internationally, and are not tied to our desks.  We believe in giving a no nonsense level of support with affordable fees and costs.  Our pricing structure is affordable, and we will fixed budgets for our engagements avoiding the traditional open-ended, "on the clock" approach of larger firms and our competitors.

To discuss this with us on a non-judgmental, discrete and no cost basis call our helpline 0800 001 6686 or contact us here today.

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