Cop 9 Tax Investigation In London
If you have been issued with a COP 9 notice it is because HMRC suspects you of serious tax fraud. COP 9 investigations are intrusive and time-consuming and can become stressful if they aren’t managed properly.
We are Code of Practice 9 specialists with extensive experience dealing with HMRC investigations and we can help guide you through the process.
What are COP 9 investigations?
COP 9 investigations are opened when HMRC suspect serious tax fraud. HMRC can go back as far as 20 years to reclaim tax and COP 9 investigations are only opened when HMRC expect to reclaim taxes in excess of £75,000 and often as much as £500,000. COP 9 investigations are civil investigations but failure to comply can result in a criminal investigation and prosecution.
Under Code of Practice 9, individuals are given immunity from prosecution in exchange for a full and complete disclosure of all irregularities in their personal tax affairs via the Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF).
CDF Key Points:
- Under the CDF HMRC agree not to criminally investigate and prosecute you over the fraud you disclose in the CDF contract
In return you must:
- Respond within 60 days, failure to do so will be treated as you decline the offer to disclose. A tax investigation will be opened and you will no longer be immune from prosecution
- Tell HMRC about all the tax you have evaded, with no exceptions
- Sign a statement to say that you have provided accurate and complete details of the tax evasion
- Pay all taxes, duties, interest and penalties due
- Stop any evasion immediately
Where individuals decide to co-operate with HMRC, they will normally be invited to complete a Disclosure Report which will contain:
- a brief business history
- a description of all tax irregularities (including any innocent or careless errors) and how these were carried out
- quantification of all the irregularities
- information to show how you quantified the irregularities and ensured that nothing had been missed
- summaries of tax and/or duties, interest and penalties due
- a reconciliation of the irregularities with the summary of tax and/or duties
- a certified statement of your worldwide assets and liabilities
- certificates of bank accounts and credit cards operated
HMRC encourage those under COP 9 investigation to appoint a professional adviser to guide them through the process and negotiate with HMRC on their behalf.
How we can help
Birchtree Sullivan only employs chartered tax advisers (CTAs) and Ex-HMRC inspectors with experience of COP 9 investigations. Our investigation specialists will:
- Prepare the Disclosure Report
- Attend meetings with HMRC on your behalf
- Negotiate and work to reach a fair and final settlement, including reducing penalties where possible.
- Negotiate a reasonable and affordable payment period
- Fees – our prices are competitive and we will do our utmost to ensure that our professional fees are fair and reasonable