When it comes to tax legislation, it can feel like an overly-complicated minefield with the number of government departments and police bodies potentially involved, together with compliance and due diligence (and huge amounts of paperwork!).
Therefore if you are faced with an HMRC criminal investigation, knowing where to start can feel like a daunting challenge, added to with strict timescales for cooperation.
Lawtons Solicitors offers specialist Regulatory Law Solicitors available 24/7, 365 days per year, who can react quickly to any HMRC query, working with you through the whole process to ensure you achieve the best outcome for you and /or your business.
HMRC Offences & The Law
HMRC stands for ‘Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ and is one of the UK’s largest law enforcement agencies. Its aim is to ensure equality and compliance for businesses and individuals.
HMRC looks after state support payments, fraud, collection of taxes and regulatory regimes including the minimum wage. It will investigate individuals or organisations that are not declaring full business activity or avoiding tax, along with those that are accruing debt.
An important part of HMRC’s overall enforcement strategy is criminal investigation, which is used for the majority as a warning strategy to other individuals or companies.
Here, HMRC may request to:
- Make arrests
- Apply for search warrants
- Search suspects and premises following arrest
- Apply for orders requiring information to be produced
In more serious cases HMRC can also apply to use intrusive surveillance powers which could include property interference or even the interception of post and telecommunications (this has to be personally approved by the Home Secretary).
Need a HMRC Offence Solicitor?
HMRC investigations can prove intrusive to a company’s operation or person’s lifestyle (or both), so you need to seek specialist advice as soon as possible.
Lawtons Solicitors is available to offer in-depth advice, guidance and support through the entire investigatory process as well as immediate representation to show you are cooperating with HMRC.
Lawtons Solicitors can also operate where appropriate with indemnity insurers, or work with you to organise affordable payment plans, or fixed stage fees that accommodate HMRC demands.
For more information or to discuss an individual case with HMRC specialist solicitors, please call 0333 202 0972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org