Many people think that tax fraud is the same as tax evasion. This is wrong. Evasion is a type of tax fraud that may well be investigated.
Tax fraud is taking illegal steps in order to lower your tax bill. It is also the deliberate understatement or omission of tax.
Evasion is the efforts to not pay tax by illegal means.
We can look at this in a much simpler way…
If you submit a return to HMRC but fail to declare part of your income or produce false invoices, this is a fraud.
If you simply did not submit a return, technically you did not omit anything. This is tax evasion.
Either way, both of these offences are serious and should be handled carefully by an expert.
Tax fraud can lead to a criminal investigation and a lengthy prison sentence, so you should never go through an investigation without strong representation.
Tax fraud inspectors within the Civil Investigation of Fraud departments are more experienced HMRC inspectors and are likely to be extremely intrusive.
The Civil Investigation of Fraud teams deal with investigations involving up to £500,000. Larger amounts are dealt with by Special Civil Investigations (SCI).
It is vital you get representation from experts for your investigation who deal with tax fraud issues all day, every day.
HMRC usually investigate individuals under Code of Practice 9 procedures which are only opened if there is firm evidence of tax fraud.
HMRC inspectors spend months collecting evidence and information on cases, before opening an investigation.
This is why investigations run by HMRC’s Civil Investigation of Fraud department must be taken seriously.
We cannot stress how important it is you have strong, reliable representation in an investigation.
Our experts are well versed in tactics used by HMRC and can handle the pressure these investigations impose.
We know your rights and we are here to fight your corner.
Don’t succumb to HMRC’s bully-boy tactics… fight back with KinsellaTax.
If you receive a letter from HMRC advising you of their intention to open tax fraud investigations against you, call us now on 0800 471 4546 to speak to one of our specialist advisors.
But whatever you do, do not – I repeat do not – contact HMRC direct. They will log in your call and anything you say will be put down and may be used in evidence against you in the future. So please remember, call us – do not call HMRC – we will deal with HMRC direct on your behalf.
Don’t suffer alone. To speak with a specialist call KinsellaTax on 0800 471 4546.