Tax evasion: know the facts
As a criminal act, tax evasion is a serious matter. If you are suspected of tax evasion, or have been charged with the offence, it’s vital that you take expert advice immediately
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC – formerly the Inland Revenue) constantly targets tax evasion. We regularly hear new announcements confirming that more resources are being made available to fight tax evasion, with the threat of harsher penalties being imposed on those who are caught.
If you think that you may have an issue with tax evasion, or just need some tax help or advice, please speak to one of our experienced advisors in full confidence. Speak to the team.
What is Tax Evasion?
If HMRC believes that tax evasion has taken place it will begin by considering whether to start criminal proceedings. If this option is not appropriate, it may open an investigation under the relatively new Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF) which came into being at the beginning of 2012.
The fact that HMRC regards someone’s behaviour as deliberate gives it more powers to collect money and charge higher penalties. In cases where tax evasion is alleged, the case can be dealt with by either HMRC or SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency).
How We Can Help
inTAX employs specialists in dealing with cases where tax evasion is apparent or has been alleged. A tax investigation can be extremely stressful; we can help alleviate the pressure such an investigation inevitably brings by minimising the client’s interaction with HMRC. This allow clients to carry on with their lives and businesses while we prepare the necessary reports or combat untrue allegations.
At InTax we are very experienced in dealing with cases that go to appeal, and work regularly with lawyers when this becomes necessary. If a criminal investigation is underway, we work closely with lawyers providing appropriate tax advice, analysis and support.
With many years of exerience and expertise in both advisory and inspection roles, at InTax we know exactly what HMRC is entitled to see, and work tirelessly to protect a client’s best interests.
Making sure all clients are treated fairly, we aim to finalise the enquiry in both a client-friendly timescale and in the most cost-efficient manner possible.