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Helping clients facing HMRC investigations

12 September 2018 / Helen Adams
Issue: 4663 / Categories: Comment & Analysis

Escaping the tangled web


  • Legislation case law and HMRC’s data analysis capabilities are much greater and more complex than even five years ago.
  • Advisers are essential to help clients through the process of enquiries and investigations – and their aftermath.
  • Managing client expectations is crucial even though advisers may consider their key role is to help HMRC to understand the facts and technical positions.
  • Advisers can use various techniques at different stages of compliance checks to help move matters towards a conclusion.

Change can be so fast that the past fades quickly – and the significant expansion of HMRC’s powers for tackling tax avoidance and evasion in the past ten years is a case in point. For advisers who help clients through the process of enquiries or investigations – compliance checks – the challenge lies...

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