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Dealing with an HMRC enquiry

10 February 2020 / Sara Bonavia
Issue: 4731 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
Cool conduct and conversations

Key points

  • A fictional case study of an HMRC investigation.
  • Could a holiday in the Caribbean be a valid business expense?
  • Has an HMRC notice been delivered on time?
  • Is the information requested ‘reasonably required’?
  • Good communication between adviser client and HMRC is essential.

Another cold damp November afternoon drew a crowd of tax professionals to the Sutton offices of Taxation magazine for an afternoon of animated discussion from both tax agents and those working for HMRC on the subject of ‘topical tax compliance issues’. This meeting focused on good and bad practice when dealing with compliance checks. As in past years the event was led by Mike Down a tax investigations partner at RSM and Dave Wood senior team leader in...

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