HMRC tax investigations are very stressful and difficult for the person under enquiry even if handled well. If handled badly a tax investigation can be unbearable and how they are handled affects many issues mainly relating to the actual amount of tax due and the penalties charged.
It should always be noted that HMRC rarely raise a tax investigation without believing that there is something wrong.
Before individuals and businesses are selected for a HMRC compliance check, HMRC conduct a rigorous exercise to try to ensure that the information that they are basing their belief that there is something wrong with the tax affairs of the person they intend to investigate.
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