Specialist InvestigationsThe Specialist Investigations teams deals with cases under Code of Practice 9 (cases of suspected serious fraud) and Code of Practice 8 (tax avoidance). Any matter being dealt with by SI should be taken very seriously. SI has evolved from a long line of elite investigations units in HMRC and is tasked with looking at cases where very large amounts of tax may be at risk and serious tax issues may be involved; SI cases can lead to prosecution if mishandled. SI cases under Code of Practice 9 will therefore be a most serious matter where the issues may be complex and the investigators anticipate a yield of at least £500,000. As with CIF investigations SI require the subject of their investigation to make a full and complete disclosure of all tax irregularities or face prosecution for fraud. Managed correctly this remains an opportunity to avoid prosecution and a criminal record. Furthermore, there are opportunities to obtain significant reductions in penalties and to keep any further intervention by HMRC to an absolute minimum. SI cases under Code of Practice 8 will similarly be a serious matter but may involve a more technical or complex situation where the outcome may not be quite so certain. These cases often involve an offshore element. The investigator will however be experienced, well trained and have ample support and resources. These enquiries can be particularly worrying as HMRC will undertake numerous third party enquiries to obtain evidence and information. We have considerable experience in dealing with these matters; this experience will be working for you. We can help you understand what is required of you, by HMRC and by us, and we will manage the whole process on your behalf; reducing the need for you to be interviewed by HMRC officers as much as possible. We know what HMRC expect and what they can and cannot do. We will look at limiting the work HMRC may wish to normally undertake including any need for them to involve third parties such as your banks, customers or business associates. We remain completely objective throughout the entire process; as will our advice and we will always present a robust defence of your position wherever possible. You will be informed and consulted at every stage. All disclosures and any settlement proposals will be discussed and agreed with you before submission to HMRC. Our specialist knowledge and experience can also help us to achieve the best possible financial outcome on your behalf and as quickly as possible. We shall negotiate with HMRC for the best possible resolution and mitigation of penalties.
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