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Tax Fraud

Tax Fraud

Tax fraud is the deliberate evasion of paying taxes made by individuals, companies and trusts. This illegal activity typically involves taxpayers deliberately being dishonest about tax reporting in order to pay less tax. The evasion of taxes might be carried out in one of several ways, including declaring less income than a person or organisation has actually earned, overstating deductions or declaring less profits or gains.

Tax inspection

A tax inspection is an in-depth investigation into a person’s or a company’s taxes. It is made by a tax authority with the aim to recover undercharged tax in previous years of assessment.

An inspection often starts because Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has some information about a taxpayer and that they might be committing fraud. The HMRC deliberately selects those cases in which they feel they have a good chance of successfully concluding.

Informers

HMRC has a hotline people can call in they wish to make a report about an issue related to individual’s or corporation’s tax affairs. Informers can also make a report via the HMRC website and they can do so anonymously.

To help avoid an inspection it is advised to explain something that may look unusual on your Tax Return. If, for example, your profits are lower than previous years, explain it in the dedicated white space on the return. Similarly, if your expenses are higher than usual, what is the reason for this?

HMRC is cracking down on those who are not paying the right amount of tax. Taxpayers who pay their tax fairly and innocently are also being caught in the crossfire. Random inspections are also made on a percentage of returns and as they are randomly selected, there is nothing a person or business can do to prevent this.

Inspection representation

One of the most important things to remember if HMRC does open an enquiry is to get inspection representation.

Legal experts in tax fraud will negotiate with HMRC during the investigation in order to work out the outstanding tax due and fair tax penalties owed. Tax penalties can be as much as 100% on the tax that is owed and in certain cases, 200%. A professional tax investigation lawyer will deal with the case and negotiate a fairer amount to pay back. If you do not owe HMRC any money, a lawyer will prove that.

Without professional legal representation during an investigation into tax fraud, you could end up paying considerably higher tax penalties to HMRC and larger assessments. In short, without inspection representation you could have to concede to unreasonable demands.

For inspection representation in London get in touch with Selachiii LLP. If you are being investigated by HMRC for tax fraud it is important you receive expert legal advice. Our friendly team of lawyers will help you understand the process and the best steps to take. We will gather the necessary evidence to argue your case.

Tax Evasion and Fraud

If you need expert advice and representation in relation to tax evasion or tax fraud, Selachii LLP can help.

Tax is a very complicated area of the law, and the rules are continually changing. When it comes to tax evasion or tax fraud accusations, you need a team of solicitors that are experts in this area of the law.

Each year, many individuals and businesses attempt to evade tax obligations, or defraud HMRC. HMRC take tax evasion and tax fraud very seriously, and have significant powers to investigate and bring proceedings in relation to tax offences.

There are numerous reasons why you may be investigated for fraud in relation to your business tax, but, whatever the circumstances, you need to seek advice from an expert.

At Selachii, our lawyers have vast experience in helping individuals and businesses in relation to tax evasion and tax fraud. We aim to help our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their circumstances. As we have excellent insight into how HMRC proceedings work, we use our expert negotiating and advocacy skills, coupled with vast knowledge of the law, to design a case winning strategy. We know how difficult these accusations can be for our clients, and that is why we aim to bring your legal issues to a resolution as swiftly as possible. If you would like to know more about how we can assist with tax evasion and tax fraud accusations, please contact us.

Expert Legal Advice and Representation for Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud Accusations

Tax evasion and tax avoidance are very serious issues for the UK Government. Tax avoidance is legal, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should not take issue with anyone who uses a legitimate tax avoidance technique. However, HMRC has committed to tackling illegal methods of tax evasion and tax fraud. Certain industries and types of business may become a specific target for HMRC, and if you have been involved in tax evasion or tax fraud and your industry is targeted, you should seek expert legal advice even before HMRC contact you or your business.

What are the penalties for tax evasion and tax fraud?

Tax evasion is against the law and may lead substantial penalties. You may even be charged with 'Fraud against the Exchequer', which can lead to a prison sentence.

HMRC have been systematically tackling those less able to defend themselves. However, it now uses a set of fairly blunt weapons – such as tip-offs and software –  to combat all forms of tax evasion. HMRC have been increasingly targeting ‘black market’ traders, selling goods on sites like Gumtree and ebay, allowing them to find and prosecute people, unaware that they are evading tax. As a result, we are seeing more and more innocent people receiving notification that they are under investigation from HMRC.

The threat of investigation, prosecution and fines can throw many into a panic, and as a result they simply pay the penalties as quickly as possible. The same is true of benefit fraud investigations, where the flimsiest evidence is sometimes used to bring a prosecution or the threat of legal action to persuade a genuine claimant from continuing to claim.

How can Selachii help?

However, our lawyers can help you secure a beneficial outcome for your circumstances, negotiating fiercely and providing expert advice and representation.

Our lawyers have excellent experience in dealing with HMRC and providing practical advice to clients facing tax evasion charges. Contact us today to discuss your circumstances in detail so that we can build a tailor-made strategy for your case.

Contact our Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud lawyers in London today

Selachii is a dynamic litigation and dispute resolution law firm based in Kensington, London. Whether you are an individual, small start-up business or a large multinational, we can take on your dispute and work to resolve it as quickly as possible so you can concentrate on your day-to-day business.

At Selachii, we understand how challenging dealing with tax evasion and fraud investigations can be. Our expert, professional and dilligent approach will take some of the worry and stress from you, because you will know your case is in great hands. Find out how we can help you by calling us today on 0203 811 7723.

How Selachii Can Help

Selachii is a dynamic litigation and dispute resolution law firm based in Kensington, London. We put the best interests of our clients at the heart of everything we do. We work with both businesses and private individuals, giving them legal advice and support which is unique to them and their situation.

We don’t believe in simply handing out one-size-fits-all solutions to problems. We will focus on your specific circumstances before working out the best and most cost-effective way of helping you achieve your aims.

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