ETC Tax are experienced with dealing with the more technical matters investigated under COP8, as well as the allegations of fraud under COP9 which will usually cover undeclared income from private individuals or business. We will liaise with HMRC throughout to bring matters to a conclusion as swiftly and with the least possible disruption to your life. In some cases it can be proven that the allegation of fraud was unfounded and HMRC can be persuaded to close an investigation with no tax due, or an acceptance that errors made were not deliberate or fraudulent in nature.
Should you receive a letter from HMRC under COP8 or COP9, it is essential to receive the correct advice at the outset by contacting our investigations team at ETC, Chris Watts and Thomas Spliancewski
Tax investigations under HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service
HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, formerly Specialist Investigations, undertakes investigations under Code of Practice 8 (COP8) and Code of Practice 9 (COP9). These are serious, invasive and time-consuming investigations that can have serious consequences if mishandled, including escalation to criminal investigation and prosecution.