Tax Investigation Service

Tax Investigation Service – protection from the costs of an HMRC Tax Investigation

Bates Weston provide a Tax Investigation Service, through PFP Tax services, to help protect clients against the professional costs involved in a tax investigation or enquiry.

HMRC has the power to inspect business documents and assets at your premises at any time and without notice. Routine VAT or PAYE checks can lead to a more in-depth check.

For an individual, enquiries often involve detailed examination of a specific item on a tax return but they can trigger a full review of an individual’s tax affairs.

The professional costs associated with a tax investigation can be substantial and are not included within our normal fees. For this reason, we recommend that clients consider subscribing to our Tax Investigation Service.

Subscribers are protected in respect of Bates Weston’s fees, up to a limit, in relation to:

  • A full enquiry
  • An aspect enquiry
  • A business Inspection notice
  • VAT/PAYE/CIS/NMW Compliance visit
  • VAT disputes
  • PAYE/NIC/CIS disputes
  • Employment status disputes
  • IHT cover
  • Gift Aid Inspections
  • Partners/Director cover
  • Code of Practice 8 investigations
  • IR35 status check
  • IR35 disputes
  • Applications for Judicial Review
  • Interventions cover

Full details of the service and its exclusions can be found here together with a list of frequently asked questions.

The service administration and fee collection are handled by Professional Fee Protection (PFP) Tax Services. If you would like to know more about the service and the subscription costs, please do get in touch.


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