TT319: Tax investigations and Barnes Roffe fee protection

March 02, 2020

HMRC enquiries have become better targeted, and are being undertaken with an unprecedented level of detail and persistence. As mentioned in a recent Topical Tip (TT303, October 2019), total tax revenues in 2018/19 increased by £22bn to £627.9bn with tax investigations yielding £34.1bn of that – a 12.5% increase in additional tax on 2017/18.

The cost of defending yourself professionally is potentially huge; enquiries are taking longer and the defence costs are increasing.  Even when the outcome of the enquiry results in no adjustments to your tax position, the cost of the defence can be just as costly.

At Barnes Roffe, we provide a valuable Tax investigations service which enables us to defend you in the unfortunate case that you are selected for an enquiry without worrying about the cost. Our service delivers protection against potential fees (up to prescribed limits per the policy) arising from professional representation in the event of an HMRC enquiry.

Subscribing to our Tax investigations service means we will:

  • Provide you with full representation and challenge HMRC’s arguments.
  • Put you on an equal footing with HMRC from the start.
  • Ensure that you have a robust defence based on the facts, not your ability to pay.
  • Protect your interests and work to achieve a fair outcome to the enquiry, without you facing an unwanted accountancy bill.

We have also arranged for subscribers to receive 24-hour access to a business legal helpline. Available 365 days a year, the team of qualified solicitors can assist with employment law, health and safety and commercial matters.

HMRC investigation methods have become more sophisticated and their access to information about you and your business has changed significantly in the last few years.  We believe now is the time for all businesses and individuals to have the protection in place to help minimise the impact and cost of a detailed investigation.

To find out more about Tax investigation fee protection, and how to subscribe to this service, please speak to your contact at Barnes Roffe today.


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