As HMRC comes under increasing pressure to recover taxes and show transparency, the knock-on effect has been an increase in the number of tax disputes, as business owners and individuals challenge HMRC’s decisions.
Tax disputes and disclosure processes can be stressful and unsettling. Our experienced teams are here to guide and support you through the dispute and enquiry process, dealing with HMRC on your behalf in order to find a speedy and agreeable solution. We can act on behalf of all types of clients, from individuals to sole traders and corporate entities to trustees.
Our approach is to provide a fair and professional service and we will always agree fees with you in advance of undertaking any work. However if you are concerned about the costs incurred as a result of a tax enquiry or dispute, you may wish to consider Tax Investigation Insurance
The pressure on HMRC to raise extra revenue through ensuring increased taxpayer compliance has increased dramatically as a consequence of the current economic crisis. This factor becomes more pronounced when considering the fragility of economic confidence and the Government’s political need to deliver their key election manifesto pledges which in turn places significant limitations on their need to raise revenue through other means.
This increased pressure on HMRC may manifest itself in HMRC’s more aggressive use of Government powers, a more expansive interpretation of Government legislation and a less sympathetic approach to taxpayer non-compliance.
HMRC’s armoury to enforce increased taxpayer compliance is aided by the evolution of tax legislation which is now much wider in remit than was formerly the case, the increasing severity of sanctions for late payment of tax, and the digitisation of the tax system.
Here at Scrutton Bland, our Tax Disputes and Resolution Team, jointly led by Jason Fayers, a former HM Inspector of Taxes and by Gavin Birchall, an experienced Tax Lawyer is uniquely placed to assist individuals and businesses:
- successfully manage and resolve tax disputes with HMRC;
- take proactive action to identify any potential tax inaccuracies and to properly disclose them to HMRC;
- to adopt strategies which aim to safeguard against the risk of non-compliance
The depth and range of taxes which are covered by our team of tax advisers includes personal taxes (including Inheritance Tax
), payroll taxes, Stamp Duty Land Tax, VAT,
customs duties and corporation tax
Over recent times, we have represented taxpayers in the context of COP 9 HMRC tax investigations, disclosures relating to the loan charge under the disguised remuneration legislation, HMRC enquiries relating to Stamp Duty Land Tax
, and enquiries relating to the application of the VAT Capital Goods Scheme.
Our range of clients include owner managed and family businesses, education institutions
, charities and other not for profit organisations