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Advice on surviving a HMRC enquiry

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Sometimes, dealing with HMRC can be both annoying and nerve-wracking. This is especially true when they’re investigating you. Luckily, we are the leading team working in tax enquiries and investigations Stoke Newington has. This means that if you require support and help, we can provide it.

You can use several methods to survive a HMRC investigation. To assist you, here is a series of tips that you can follow. Primarily, they focus on things you can do during the initial phases of an enquiry. Getting a good start can make the whole process easier.


One thing you should consider doing is taking out free protection insurance. Predominantly, this is insurance against the professional prices of handling enquiries on behalf of the taxpayer. It’s especially crucial for any taxpayer that could possibly be at greater risk of an enquiry. Examples include the self-employed with cash-based companies, like taxi drivers.

Keep in mind that the insurance isn’t going to stop an enquiry. However, the taxpayer will have some comfort with it. When enquiries open, an experienced professional can represent them. The taxpayer won’t need to worry about bearing all the costs themselves either.

Respond in good time

Something else we suggest is responding to HMRC correspondences within the time limit. It’s tempting for people to ignore them. However, this is a counter-productive move. The officers at HMRC might assume that you’re delaying because of underlying issues. This may result in some incorrect assumptions about your tax return’s accuracy.

Follow up

On the other hand, the HMRC officers could be the ones taking their time. If they are, don’t be afraid to ask them what is going on. This is more proactive than waiting for them and it shows your willingness to resolve the situation.

At Brian G Lonis & Co, we help clients with a wide variety of enquiries. Some are a bit more complex than others are. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are though. We’ll make sure that you stay calm during the case. This is what makes us the most reliable team for tax enquiries and investigations Stoke Newington can offer.

If you would like to know more about our services, you’re welcome to contact us anytime.