Find a path through the tax jungle
The everyday language of tax can be complex and very difficult to understand. inTax will cut through the red tape and jargon to guide you expertly through any tax problem
Add to that the wealth of tax jargon, and making sense of it all can be altogether intimidating and off-putting.
If you have a pressing tax issue, or suspect you may have a problem in the future, and are looking for some clear, fuss-free advice, call now for a confidential chat to an expert advisor.
A letter, fax, email, phone call or visit from HMRC, National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA), or any of the Government’s investigation authorities invariably seeks information, documentation, explanation, clarification or agreement (or a combination of these things), makes a demand or announces a particular course of action.
However, to the uninitiated this can all seem baffling. For example, you will probably have needed to have had first-hand experience of the processes called ‘Hansard’, ‘Code of Practice9’ (CoP9), ‘Civil Investigation of Fraud’ (CIF) and ‘The Contractual Disclosure Facility’ (CDF) to realise that they are essentially variations on a theme and refer to formal investigation of tax fraud by HMRC’s elite investigation office.
So, before embarking on the task of responding, among other things it is important to know:
- Which office or department you are actually dealing with
- Who you are dealing with (individual officer or and their rank/ranks)
- The issues you are dealing with and what the official terms – ‘enquiry’, ‘investigation’, ‘compliance check’, ‘compliance review’, ‘intervention’, ‘records review’, ‘business premises visit’, ‘informal request’, ‘statutory information notice’, etc – actually mean. (See Glossary of Terms – add links)
- The legislative powers within which the officers are working and the Codes of Practice (if any) they are required to observe
- Who is actually being approached by HMRC/SOCA (individual, partner, company, director, company officer, trustee, third party or a combination)
- The possible ramifications of responding to requests relating to third parties
- Whether HMRC/SOCA is acting within statutory time limits
- Whether any tax technical position being advocated by HMRC/SOCA is correct
- Whether any requests HMRC/SOCA is making are onerous, unreasonable, unachievable or in breach of a person’s Human Rights
- Whether, in the event of objection, dispute or disagreement the appropriate recourse or appeal processes are being offered to the person or entity being approached
- Whether a different approach to that embarked upon by HMRC could achieve a quicker and more satisfactory outcome
- If specialist help should urgently be sought
inTAX can help individuals, businesses, business owners, trusts, accountants and tax advisers acting on their behalf. The careers of the team at inTAX have included long and successful spells with the Inland Revenue (now HMRC) and in the accountancy and tax professions, so there is a depth and breadth of expertise and experience to be called upon and applied for the benefit of the client.
InTAX attempts to demystify tax-enquiry work in all its guises and provide straightforward explanations and common-sense guidance on the options available to anyone who finds themselves under scrutiny by the investigating authorities.