What can you expect in a HMRC Personal tax inspection?
Patrick Cannon advises clients who are under personal tax return investigations by HMRC, whether this is in the form of standard civil tax enquiries under section 9A, Codes of Practice 8 and 9, or criminal tax investigations for tax and VAT fraud.
This may involve advice on the scope of information required under Schedule 36, FA 2008, time limits and grounds for assessing tax in earlier years, and the validity and amount of penalties charged for tax return errors.
When agreement cannot be reached with HMRC on the matters in dispute, then it may be necessary to take an appeal to the tax tribunal. Patrick is able to prepare the necessary paperwork and present your appeal at the hearing. He can also act as your agent in correspondence with HMRC, if you do not have a solicitor or accountant acting for you.
While Patrick often acts for clients who instruct him via accountants and solicitors, he is also authorised to accept instructions direct from taxpayers under Public Access, and to conduct litigation. He can also correspond directly with HMRC and others on your behalf.
Fixed fees are agreed with Patrick’s clerk in advance for each piece of work, instead of open-ended hourly rates, giving you financial certainty.
If you are subject to a HMRC tax investigation and would like to discuss how Patrick can advise and assist you, please contact him here for an initial discussion.
Frequently Asked Questions
At this time, no, Patrick does not accept legal aid work.
Fees are discussed and agreed with Patrick’s clerks and are normally for a fixed amount for each piece of work to be agreed in advance. For Public Access work, the agreed fixed fee is payable in advance.
Yes, Patrick’s clerks will send you his standard terms of engagement, setting out the scope of the work he will do. You will be requested to confirm your agreement to Patrick advising you on the basis of those terms before he commences work.
Patrick Cannon can advise you in person in his chambers, by telephone or video call, or in writing. He can also meet with your advisers or represent you in meetings with HMRC.