If a taxpayer feels that HMRC has made mistakes, treated them unfairly, or they have been subject to...
Criminal Fraud Investigations are incredibly serious. A professional tax accountant should be contacted if there is any notation that your business is being investigated for fraud. Run by the HMRC subdivision, the Fraud Investigations Service Unit (FIS), criminal fraud investigations are very different to their civil counterparts. However, in some cases a criminal fraud investigation can be formed on the back of a civil fraud investigation. Normally most fraud investigations start using the Code of Practice 9 policy, but where the circumstances are more severe HMRC will move to criminally prosecute. In these instances, the penalties can be higher and more appropriate to the crimes HMRC believe have been committed.
Whether to turn the fraud investigation into a criminal one is decided solely by HMRC and relies on the findings of the FIS along with how much you co-operate with their investigation. As with all HMRC investigations, they will consider how much you have co-operated, what you have provided and when it was provided before deciding how to handle your case. If you are unsure whether you are being investigated criminally or if HMRC are going to take their investigation further, you can communicate with the officers controlling your case. A trained forensic accountant can deal directly with HMRC for you in most cases, although you remain liable for the conclusions made. Please contact us to see how our professional tax specialists can help you.
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