HMRC VAT Investigations

If your business is facing a VAT investigation from the HMRC, it can be a particularly worrying and confusing time that could lead to considerable penalties for your business if fraud is detected.

The team of professionals at The VAT People can provide expert assistance during this process, while considering whether any actions taken by the HMRC are justified. Seeking professional guidance at this time is recommended, as this can be a particularly complicated time.

Call our helpline on 0800 077 4604, or fill out the enquiry form on this page and we will be in touch at a convenient time.

About HMRC visits

VAT officers can visit your business with the intention of inspecting your records to ensure you are paying or reclaiming the correct amount of VAT. Usually, they will contact you to arrange a visit with a seven-day warning period.

In most cases, they will confirm what information they want to see, and estimate how long it is likely to take. Very often, they will request to inspect your premises.

Sometimes, HMRC can visit without an appointment and telephone you about your VAT, so it is particularly important that you ensure records are up to date, and you are paying the correct amount at all times. How often you get a HMRC visit depends on the size of your business, and whether you have submitted late or incorrect VAT returns before.

During the visit, the HMRC representative will work alongside you to correct any issues with your VAT. They will also inform you of any additional tax and penalties you have to pay. Helping them throughout the process will reduce the amount of any penalty.

After your visit

Following the visit, HMRC will write to you with the following information:

  • What you must do to improve your VAT record keeping

  • Any corrections you should make to your VAT account

  • Whether you are overpaying or underpaying your VAT

  • Any penalty you have to pay

You can appeal any decision made by HMRC, but you must do so within 30 days.

How we can help

The VAT People is available to offer expert guidance if you want to appeal the finding of a recent HMRC investigation. We will consider whether the action is justified, and whether the investigation has been started without HMRC having access to all the facts.

We often discover that VAT investigation proceedings have been started without all of the information being available. We also find that in many cases, HMRC has not applied the correct interpretation to a case, or failed to operate within the prescribed time limits, which can cause the investigation to be delayed.

Whatever your circumstances, we can provide the specialist advice and assistance you need to help throughout any HMRC investigation, including the appeals and reconsideration procedure. With our help, you could minimise both the VAT and the penalties involved.

Contact us by calling our helpline on 0800 077 4604 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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