HMRC claims compliance checks are usually triggered when figures submitted on a return appear to be wrong in someway. If a small company suddenly makes a large claim for VAT, or a business with a large turnover declares a very small amount of tax, this will likely be flagged-up by HMRC.
However, there are some other things that experience has told us may make a business become the target of an investigation:
• HMRC receives a tip-off
• You work in a high-risk industry, for example one that routinely takes cash payments
• You have a large fall in income, increase in costs or there are inconsistencies between different returns
• You file your returns consistently late
• Your costs are above the industry norm
• Your tax returns are inconsistent with your standard of living
• You are in a sector that HMRC has decided to target.
What business taxes does HMRC investigate?
• Many different types of business taxes can be investigated, it is not – as many seem to think – limited to income tax. Other areas of taxation that can be investigated are as follows:
• Insurance premium tax
• Landfill tax
• Capital gains tax
• Climate change levy
• Construction industry scheme
What types of investigation are there?
• Corporation tax
• There are three different levels of HMRC enquiry; full, aspect and random.
• During a full enquiry, HMRC concerns itself with cases where it believes there is a significant risk of error in the tax return. In this type of enquiry, a review of all records will be undertaken. This can include personal financial records of Directors/Business owners as well as business records.
• If a business is subject to an aspect enquiry, then HMRC are concerned about a particular part (or parts) of your accounts and wants more detail. Generally, the outcome points to a genuine mistake or misunderstanding rather than deliberate attempts to evade tax. This type of enquiry shouldn’t be taken lightly, and should be treated just as seriously as a full investigation.
The third type of enquiry is purely random. HMRC simply picks a selection of businesses completely at random to investigate.
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