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Information Notices


We were approached by an individual who had been subject to various information requests including a £300 penalty for not complying with the information notice and the threat of a further £1,800 penalty (£60 x 30 days) if he did not provide the information in 10 days from when we were approached.

We appealed the penalty and put in a late appeal against the original notice and pointed out to HMRC why all of the remaining questions were not reasonably required to test our client’s tax position. In addition, HMRC had been very aggressive with our client and we also pointed out this unnecessary behaviour.

Having considered our representations and our appeals HMRC agreed that the requirement to provide information and documents had been met and cancelled the penalty. In addition they became stopped being aggressive and we were able to work towards settling matters.


HMRC issued an information notice to a business asking 90 questions with regards to a request for information and documents. We were approached by the accountant to assist and engaged in correspondence with HMRC pointing out what the law and their own instructions stated and asking them to justify while the information and documents was reasonably required to test the tax position. After a meeting with HMRC it was agreed that these would be restricted to 10 questions. This save many supplementary questions from HMRC.

Illegal HMRC Request

HMRC had asked an individual to provide information and documents for a period outside of the year into which they had a tax return. We were engaged by the individual (via their accountant) to deal with HMRC’s information request and got them to agree at that point they were not legally entitled to issue an information notice and also restricted the number of items they requested for the year HMRC were allowed to ask for information and documents.

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Tax Investigation Specialist
Scott Gilbert, Partner and Tax Investigation Specialist

"We understand that people sometimes make mistakes in their dealings with HMRC and that HMRC make mistakes in dealing with taxpayers. Many people do not know how to deal with HMRC or who to turn to for help resolve the tax dispute.

Our firm of tax advisors specialise in resolving people's problems with HMRC. We have extensive expertise in dealing with all forms of tax investigations and tax disputes as well as with taking matters to the Tax Tribunal where agreement cannot be reached.

We deal both directly with the individual who is under enquiry and also work with many firms of accountants supporting them in dealing with HMRC disputes and advising them on how to handle HRMC to get the best result.

The fact is that proper management of HMRC is the best way of reducing the tax, interest and penalty as well as the time taken in resolving any tax dispute.

Our expert team are none judgemental and rigorously defend your position within the scope and parameter of the law. We take control and manage the process to minimise the interruptions that any form of tax investigation causes to an individual's life and business."