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Tax Investigation Service

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Tax Investigation Service

Clients of Harwood Hutton are eligible to participate in our Tax Investigation Service, which delivers comprehensive protection against the fees arising from professional representation in the event HMRC opens an enquiry into your tax affairs.

HMRC enquiries are being undertaken with an unprecedented level of detail and persistence. In 2019/20, the total tax revenue increased by £8.8bn to £636.7bn with compliance activity yielding £36.9bn – an 8.2% increase in additional tax on 2018/19.

The potential cost of defending yourself professionally continues to be huge. Enquiries are taking longer and the defence costs are increasing. Even when the outcome of the enquiry results in no adjustments to your tax position, the cost of the defence can be very costly.

Our protection service offers up to £125,000 of accountancy fees and full representation to HMRC on your behalf, including all correspondence and interaction.

Coverage for Coronavirus support schemes plus gift aid cover and SDLT
Our solution will now also protect for any investigations into approved Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme payments, as well as gift aid cover and Stamp Duty Land Tax and its regional equivalents.

Free Business Legal Helpline
As an additional benefit, all business clients who subscribe to the service are eligible for 24-hour access to a business legal helpline. Available 365 days a year, the team of qualified solicitors can assist with employment law as well as health and safety and commercial matters.

Unfortunately, we cannot stop you from being selected for an enquiry but we can ensure you can afford a full defence if it happens.

How We Can Protect You.
No-one can prevent an investigation but our tax investigations package:

  • Will remove your concerns about the rising costs of enquiries
  • Ensures you receive the best defence to protect your tax position
  • Enables us to challenge HMRC’s assertions and assumptions head on, and that the basis of any enquiry is correct and that your case is handled fairly
  • Ensures the tax inspector is only asking for relevant information and documents, and provide all supporting information from our files that relates to your accounts
  • Handles all communications with HMRC, including letters, phone calls or notices issued
  • Argues any complex or technical tax cases that are raised during the enquiry

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Client Testimonials
  • I always get quick, clear and definitive responses from the Harwood Hutton tax team – commercial answers to commercial issues.

    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
  • Right from the outset Harwood Hutton gave us direction and great advice – and that advice has evolved over the years as we’ve grown. We’re both medium-sized companies providing a bespoke service – one furniture, one accountancy – and the relationship works.

    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
  • I’m deeply impressed with Harwood Hutton’s extensive knowledge of tax arrangements for residential and commercial property landlords.

    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
  • They really took their time to understand what was important to us and our business and the expertise we required. Whoever we speak to at HH, we get the same fantastic response and technical input. It’s a real partnership.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
  • I have worked with the directors at Harwood Hutton on a number of mutual client matters over many years. The reassurance of their clear, commercial and focussed advice is one of the main reasons I regard this as one of my most valuable professional relationships.

    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
  • Harwood Hutton never seem to rest on their laurels. They are always seeking out new avenues and ways to improve their offering. A very forward-thinking company with staff who are always well briefed and who approach each task with drive.

    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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