The number of people being investigated by the various tax authorities has
increased significantly. This is a trend that is likely to continue.
At the political level, there is a drive towards maximising tax revenue without
raising tax rates, and investigations are seen as one of the most effective ways
of achieving this aim. Adding to this, self-assessment includes the use of
random investigations to police the system. With the freeing up of the Inland
Revenue staff from routine work, now done by taxpayers, this has led to an
increase in the number and depth of investigations taking place.
Investigations can be extremely stressful and are potentially costly. This is
not only in direct monetary terms, but also in respect of the success of the
business and the wealth and private relationships of the owner.
We are experienced in safeguarding you during an investigation and in helping
you by: Negotiating the lowest penalty In the most serious cases, avoiding
prosecution, Pin-pointing missed tax-spending opportunities, minimising the
stress you are put under allowing you to remain focused on the running of your
We suggest that you seek advice at the earliest possible stage in an
investigation, although we can help even in the later stages. It is never too
late to ask for help.