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Why have I received a COP9 letter/leaflet?


Leaflet Code of Practice 9 envisages two different situations in that the individual accepts that they have done something wrong or that they deny it (or do not respond to HMRC).

The document then goes into the process of completing the relevant forms for the participation in the contractual disclosure facility and making, what HMRC term, the outline disclosure (which is an overview of the tax issues).

In theory if someone accepts then HMRC will expect them to have a meeting with them to discuss matters further and that the individual will engage a professional advisor to do a full and detailed report of the tax irregularities. The importance of engaging a professional advisor who has experience of the Code of Practice 9 process is stressed in the leaflet by HMRC.

Read more about Code of Practice 9 (COP9).

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