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Should I accept COP9?


Firstly, don't panic. Provided a COP9 is dealt with properly from the start it is a manageable process whether you accept that there is something wrong with your tax affairs or believe that you are completely innocent of the allegations made.

Take action. Decisions on the best option, whether to accept or deny the HMRC allegations and, if relevant, making the outline disclosure to HMRC need to be undertaken within 60 days of receipt of Code of Practice 9.

Take Advice from a specialist.  Code of Practice 9 suggests that specialist advice is taken and this is something that we agree with HMRC on.  

Make sure you find an advisor who not only has the relevant experience but that you get along with as a person too. Whether an acceptance or denial this is an intrusive process and you have to be sure the advisor has got your back.

If someone tells you that if you do not go with them you will go to prison then run a mile.  It is the advisors job to explain how to get through the process and calm any concerns, not to stoke fear up just to make a sale.

Read more about Code of Practice 9 (COP9).

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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."

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