Tax Advice

What can be done to mitigate the impact of an HMRC investigation?

02 Aug 2013

In these times of strained government finances, maximising tax receipts has become a key priority for the Chancellor.

As a result HMRC have been using a range of new tactics, ranging from spot checks to tax amnesties, to ensure that business are paying the right amount of tax.

HMRC inspections may target your VAT, PAYE, Corporation Tax or even self assessment calculations. They may even challenge the quality of your business records or your fiscal compliance as an employer.

Unfortunately, the costs of dealing with an investigation can be significant, both in terms of generating supporting documentation and if necessary appealing against an HMRC decision.

Fortunately there are two effective ways to mitigate the risk and impact of an inspection.

Keir Wright-Whyte


Managing Director

0207 043 4000

About the author

Originally graduating with a degree in geography from Edinburgh University, Keir claims that he was then tricked into becoming an accountant by one of the UK's top 5 accountancy practices.The deception extended to the usual training in audit and associated activities.

Keir subsequently worked in a number of advisory roles with clients including in the energy trading, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.

He loves working at Accounts & Legal because of the variety of work and clients, the excellent team ethos and morale, the importance placed on genuinely helping and being useful for clients and because he believes what he does matters to clients and helps the firm.

Keir's primary role is to ensure that new clients with complex businesses or needs are on-boarded in the best way and he is a "trouble shooter" both for clients and where complex issues arise internally. He also helps the accounting teams strive to improve what we do for clients, whether processes or services.

When not debiting or crediting, Keir has a penchant for fixing old buildings, skiing, surfing and cycling.


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