Specialists in
Tax Investigations
& Tax Planning

SPECIALISTS IN COMPLEX TAX INVESTIGATIONS

We have extensive experience in dealing with HMRC Investigations. Our advisers have worked in Tax Investigations teams at ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms, niche tax investigations practices and within HMRC as Tax Inspectors bringing wealth of experience and knowledge. We regularly deal with Tax Inspectors within HMRC’s Specialist Investigations and Local Compliance Fraud teams. We endeavour to resolve the tax investigation in the most efficient and cost effective manner whilst minimising your tax exposure wherever possible.

Specialists in Complex Tax Planning

At Churchill Tax we begin with a careful evaluation of your financial situation, discussing your future plans and goals to help define the right plan of action. We are always working with your best interests in mind, bringing you tax-saving opportunities with a strong commercial basis. Whether you’re starting a business, looking to change your organisation, or simply want to make sure your company is set up in the most tax-efficient way, we can help you choose the best business structure.

Specialists in Tax Tribunal Services

We will review the case and give you our view as to the likelihood of success at the Tax Tribunal. If appropriate we will re-commence negotiations with HMRC –it is usually better to agree a settlement without going to the time and expense of a hearing before the Tax Tribunal. HMRC often argue the case often through a new adviser with a slightly different perspective on the case can unblock the negotiations. ADR is our preferred route and we have had a number of successes in the recent past.

Welcome To Churchill Tax

Churchill Tax understands that Tax Investigations can be very stressful and time consuming. Our Tax Investigations Team aims to provide you with specialist advice to minimise the stress and anxiety that an HMRC investigation may cause. We endeavour to resolve the tax investigation in the most efficient and cost effective manner whilst minimising your tax exposure wherever possible.

Churchill Tax keep up to date with the latest changes in the enquiry legislation and the current tactics adopted by Tax Inspectors to tackle tax evasion and tax fraud.

At Churchill Tax we specialise in the whole range of tax investigations from voluntary disclosures and those conducted at local compliance level right through to cases of serious tax fraud and tax evasion under HMRC’s Code of Practice 9 (COP9) – Contractual Disclosure Facility conducted by HMRC’s Specialist Investigations team. We also provide VAT Inspection advice and specialise in VAT Fraud cases.

We operate on the basis that all clients receive the highest levels of professional representation, service, courtesy and value for money. If you are subject to a tax investigation by HMRC, please give us a call to discuss how we can assist you.

As far as possible we will take the pressure off you during the investigation by negotiating with HMRC on your behalf. We will keep you informed throughout, and the final decision as to whether or not to accept the negotiated proposals will always be yours.

At Churchill Tax we have extensive experience dealing with HMRC Investigations and we regularly deal with Tax Inspectors within HMRC’s Specialist Investigations and Local Compliance Fraud teams.

Our people have worked in Tax Investigations teams at ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms, niche tax investigations practices and within HMRC as Tax Inspectors. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. At WLH Tax, our personal, friendly and understanding approach ensures that we provide the best possible service at the most competitive prices.

Legislation imposes restrictions on what HMRC is allowed to do, and Churchill Tax will make sure that the Tax Inspector carrying out the enquiry does not exceed the powers they are given by law.

We will consider the level of seriousness of the tax investigation being carried out by HMRC by looking at who is leading the investigation and the nature of the questions they are asking.

We will give you the best advice on how to deal with HMRC so that you achieve a settlement as quickly as possible. We will ensure that the investigation is handled professionally, so it is not escalated to a higher level and you will avoid being named and shamed. If you need to pay more tax we will tell you so, and we will present your case in the best light possible to minimise your liabilities. If you are unable to pay the tax in one lump sum we will negotiate a time to pay arrangement with HMRC on your behalf.

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WHAT WE OFFER

WE UNDERSTAND REQUIREMENTS
We are amongst the UK’s leading Tax specialists with a wealth of experience. We provide professional firms, individuals and privately owned businesses with a comprehensive range of specialist tax & advisory support across all of the major taxes.
WE WORK PRECISELY
When appointing a Tax specialist to act on your behalf, it’s important to know that you’re in good hands. You need to know that the advisor you appoint has the experience, skills and courage required to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
WE DELIVER BEST OUTPUT
Our role is as much about supporting our clients personally as it is about providing professional and effective Tax representation. This is why we have implemented facilities such as flexible payment options , that aim to make the process straight forward and stress free.

Our Specialisation

Tax Investigations

We understands that Tax Investigations can be very stressful and time consuming. Our Tax Investigations Team aims to provide you with specialist advice to minimise the stress and anxiety that an HMRC investigation may cause. Getting the right advice by an expert is absolute key in achieving the best outcome. We specialise in all type of Complex Tax Investigations.

Code Of Practice 8

This is a very serious tax investigation and it needs to be taken seriously. We have successfully defended a number of clients who have been subjected to tax investigations into tax avoidance schemes and offshore structures. We are quickly able to understand the technical issues that are the key to the dispute and put forward robust technical arguments to defend our client’s position.

Code Of Practice 9

HMRC considers these cases to be very serious, and as a result the consequences can be highly damaging for the taxpayer. Most accountancy practices have little or no experience in dealing with this type of case. It is therefore very important that you seek specialist advice from a suitably qualified tax investigations practitioner to ensure that matters are dealt with appropriately.

Proceeds of Crime Investigations

This Act is a complex piece of legislation with potentially far reaching consequences. Under the POCA (2002), authorities have wide ranging powers to confiscate assets that are considered to have been obtained through criminal activity. Our experience specialists defend individuals in the full range of offences under POCA and are committed to providing the highest standards of service.

Tax Planning Services

We will cover CGT, Inheritance Tax, Corporation Tax , VAT, Income Tax, Protection & control of family assets and minor children, Will provisions, Living Power of Attorney, Corporate structuring & Restructuring and HMRC Clearances and Rulings. By appointing our firm you will receive the best Tax Planning advice and services from Uk’s leading Tax specialists.

Planning Investment Property

Essential Inheritance Tax Planning with Churchill Tax has a relentless focus. It tells you how to pass your property business on to your successors in the most tax effective manner. It is designed to give investment property owners clarity on the challenges they face and the strategies they could and should consider adopting to mitigate inheritance tax.

Inheritance Tax Advice

At Churchill Tax, our wealth planning team are focused on helping you to meet your goals. We consider your situation as a whole, covering areas such as: the structure of your investments; your retirement plans; and whether your lifestyle and the needs of your family should be protected. Our focus is on growing your wealth and preserving it for future generations.

Section-24 Effect

The income tax relief that landlords can claim on their buy-to-let properties’ mortgage payments have been overhauled by Section 24 of the Finance Act which means that landlords can no longer be able to claim a reduction on their income tax payments by offsetting the mortgage interest costs. We will set up structures to best suite your circumstance thus helping you to mitigate risks.

Let Property Campaign

HMRC has the legal power to obtain information regarding housing benefit or from letting agents and in turn HMRC will write to the individual to whom the rent is paid and invite them to take part in the Campaign. This is called a prompted disclosure which incur higher penalties. We will make sure that returns are submitted to HMRC accurately.

Worldwide Disclosure Facility

Our team has the experience and the knowledge which means that we are able to handle any size or type of voluntary or prompted disclosure of undeclared income. Our track record is that 100% of our disclosures through Worldwide Disclosure Facility or Let Property Campaign etc have been successful and fully accepted by HMRC.

Forensic Accounting

We have over 130 years of combined experience in providing high quality Forensic accounting services. We can help you with Company/ partnership fraud investigations, Commercial disputes, Asset & funds tracing, Business valuations, divorce settlement and expert witness reports. Contact the team to find out more today.

Tax Tribunal Services

We have extensive experience in finding closure for clients dealing with HMRC disputes. We are skilled in negotiating with HMRC and may be able to bring the matter to a close without it going to the Tax Tribunal. If it does we have significant experience of taking appeals to the Tax Tribunals and also have access to Tax Lawyers & Tax Barristers.

Whats Included

It’s important you make a good connection with your consultant. Your consultant will become an extension of your business, working with you and for you.

We provide comprehensive services to individuals, businesses and companies. Our relationship with you and your Consultant is built on trust and mutual respect. We will always give you an honest appraisal of your position, including potential fees, whether it is favourable or not. Our team is accessible and approachable, and ready to answer your questions, giving you the confidence you need when dealing with a sensitive issue such as an HMRC enquiry or other tax dispute.

Our initial free consultation allows us to get to know each other and for us to understand your challenges. We’ll also explain how we think we can make a difference. Here’s what you should expect in your initial consultation.
  • You will be listened to
  • You will understand the Map ahead
  • You will know about costs involved
  • You will find out what our experts can do for you
  • You will know exactly what can be done

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How It Works

Initial Phone Consultation

Our advisers will recommend the best options based on your specific needs. We have over 130 years of combined experience meaning your case will be dealt with professionally and to a high standard.

Recommend Options

Our role is as much about supporting our clients personally as it is about providing professional and effective tax representation. This is why we will provide the best possible solutions tailored to meet your case specific needs.

CASE STUDIES

VAT AND TAX INVESTIGATION – CASE SETTLED & CLOSED
This HMRC tax investigation case came to us after their accountant closed their office down during the enquiry and absconded. HMRC were seeking over £300k in VAT, Corporation Tax and Penalties. An appeal was made to the Tax Tribunal. We met with HMRC in an ADR meeting where after 7 hours of negotiations, a much smaller tax liability was agreed.

INHERITANCE TAX DISCLOSURE – CASE CLOSED
This person was referred to us by their existing accountants for specialist tax advice in relation to a voluntary disclosure of underpaid inheritance tax from over 14 years ago. We considered the case carefully and claimed a number of exemptions whilst making the disclosure to HMRC. HMRC accepted our position with the disclosure and also that there was no further tax to be paid.

VAT AND INCOME TAX INVESTIGATION – TRIBUNAL APPEAL SETTLED
This case was referred to us by another firm of accountants. There was a tax investigation for VAT and income tax. We filed an appeal to the Tribunal but then entered to discussions with HMRC through ADR. Following lengthy discussions and negotiations, HMRC accepted a substantially reduced tax figure and the case was withdrawn from the Tribunal.

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