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HMRC conducts civil and criminal investigations that could lead to you receiving a fine, a criminal record or imprisonment.

Whether you have been accused of tax avoidance or tax evasion, Ervaid Law can advise and assist you and will stand between you and HMRC to ensure HMRC focus their approach on the detail.

Criminal tax cases such as carousel fraud, Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud and carbon credit fraud, can be extremely complicated.

Ervaid Law will work with forensic accountants where necessary to ensure that you have someone who understands both the criminal defence side and the technical tax side.

Even when no further action is taken, being investigated by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can have severe consequences for you and your business. The investigations are often very time consuming and a distraction from the day to day running of your business.

HMRC has many powers

HMRC has a range of powers that enable it to check a person's tax position. These include:

  • Dawn raids (search and seizure) at homes and business premises.
  • The power to arrest suspects and formally question them under caution.
  • Obtain warrants and court orders to require banks, advisers and even accountants to provide records and financial information about a suspect.
  • Obtain a Restraint Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002, to freeze all the assets of the person being investigated until the outcome of the investigation and any subsequent court proceedings.

If you are involved in a criminal tax investigation or prosecution, contact Ervaid Law today for immediate expert advice and assistance.