HMRC Investigations

Our team of white-collar crime, investigations, and regulatory experts at XT 24 regularly advise clients in all aspects of HMRC investigations.

Where a criminal investigation is commenced, our expert knowledge of the range of offenses that could be faced ensures that our clients are provided with a steely defense to be put forward as and when required.

Our stellar reputation allows us to assemble a complementary team of financial and tax experts to deconstruct any case put forward by the prosecution, ensuring that our clients are best positioned to achieve a favorable result.

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What do HMRC investigate?

As guardians of the public purse, HMRC will investigate and prosecute many cases involving allegations of fraud or wrongdoing. From VAT reclaims to allegations of cheating the revenue, HMRC has a wide ambit when looking into allegations of revenue irregularities.

What is COP9?

Code of Practice 9 investigation procedure (“COP9”) is a procedure that HMRC can choose to adopt when carrying out either a criminal investigation or a civil procedure against those suspected of tax fraud.

COP9 allows for a one-time offer from HMRC, which is known as the Contractual Disclosure Facility (“CDF”) and provides the recipient with immunity from criminal investigation and/or prosecution.

In return for immunity, the subject must admit to acting dishonestly in deliberately failing to declare income, gains, or duties. In addition, they must also agree to fully disclose all omissions and irregularities that may have arisen over the previous 20 years.

If you are concerned having been contacted by HMRC or for more information about us and our Criminal Litigation, Investigations, and Regulatory services, please contact an XT 24 team member who will be able to assist.

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