Tax Advice

We understand that our clients always come to us with an objective, even if sometimes they cannot necessarily define that objective immediately. We work with our clients to establish realistic objectives and then devise a strategy to achieve that objective.

Tax advice

Berwick Law provide a discreet and comprehensive approach to individuals and businesses who are subject to HMRC investigation, or who have a tax problem to resolve. We will explain the options available to you, and provide a tailored approach to reach a solution. We work directly for individuals and businesses, and can provide support to professional advisers.

You can rely on the expertise of Phil Berwick, our tax investigations specialist. A former tax inspector, he has nearly 30 years’ experience of assisting a wide range of clients facing scrutiny from HMRC. Phil understands that being subject to a HMRC investigation can be a stressful ordeal. He will assist you through the process, and explain what options you have at each stage.

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Tax investigations

Berwick Law specialise in Tax Investigations, applying and altering our methods of action for every case to ensure we get the best possible results for the client.

Whatever type of HMRC action clients are faced with, we will ensure that the inspector only gets the information and documents they are entitled to. We recognise HMRC’s right to enquire into tax returns, but we will ensure that they do so within the statutory framework.

We will establish the facts, so that we can best represent you, and aim to bring about a negotiated settlement with HMRC where it is established that there are additional tax liabilities.

Fraud investigations

(Contractual Disclosure Facility,
operated under Code of Practice 9)

HMRC uses the Contractual Disclosure Facility (operated under Code of Practice 9) when investigating cases of suspected fraud. The process is fraught with dangers, and specialist advice is essential. Although the CDF is a civil process, the threat of criminal investigation remains for those who do not co-operate, or those who do not make a complete disclosure.

Berwick Law have extensive experience of dealing with Code of Practice 9 investigations. We can provide assistance at any stage of the investigation, although contacting us early in the process will maximise our ability to help.

Construction lawyers - tax lawyers
Construction lawyers - tax lawyers

Avoidance investigations

(operated under Code of Practice 8)

Berwick Law can assist you where HMRC are investigating under Code of Practice 8. These are cases where HMRC suspect tax avoidance, rather than tax evasion. The investigations are handled by specialist HMRC officers, and those under investigation also need specialist advice. We can determine HMRC’s reasonable queries, and ensure that the investigation is managed to achieve a satisfactory outcome. Where agreement cannot be reached with HMRC, we can advise on the alternative settlement options.

Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) is a process that enables taxpayers (including individuals and companies) with unpaid UK tax liabilities to regularise their tax affairs on, usually, preferential terms, compared to other disclosure options. We have extensive experience of dealing with the LDF, and seek to get the maximum benefit for our clients under that process.

The LDF closed to new registrations on 31 December 2015, but we can help with the preparation of your disclosure if you have already registered with HMRC.

Construction lawyers - tax lawyers
Construction lawyers - tax lawyers

Other Disclosure Facilities

Aside from the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, HMRC has various other processes available for taxpayers to regularise their tax affairs. Berwick Law can advise you on the options that are available to you.

Status Enquiries

HMRC may challenge the status of self-employed individuals working for a business. Berwick Law can review a business’ existing arrangements, or provide assistance in the event that HMRC challenge the status of an individual, or group of individuals.

Criminal Investigations

Where a Criminal Investigation is pursued, Berwick Law can assist in quantifying the tax liability.

If you are subject to a HMRC dawn raid, whether at your home or business, Berwick Law can provide support, and introduce you to specialist lawyers. We can provide training for businesses or professional advisers who wish to know what to do in the event of a raid.

Appeals, Tribunals and Dispute Resolution

There will be situations where resolution will need to be achieved through a formal route. Such cases may need to be heard at the Tax Tribunal, or via the Alternative Dispute Resolution process. Berwick Law can advise you on the relative merits of taking each course of action, and your chance of success, and also any alternative courses of action.

Construction lawyers - tax lawyers
Construction lawyers - tax lawyers

Residence and domicile

The rules surrounding residence and domicile can be complex, and it is easy to fall foul of them, easily creating a tax liability where none was intended. It is important to take specialist advice, particularly as the amounts involved tend to be significant, and penalties for offshore liabilities can be up to 200% of the tax.

Voluntary disclosures

Taxpayers wishing to make a voluntary disclosure to HMRC need to carefully consider the various options available to them. Specialist advice should be taken before contacting HMRC, as making the wrong approach could be very damaging, and result in a criminal investigation being commenced. Berwick Law can advise on the disclosure options available, and make the necessary contact with HMRC to minimise the likelihood that they will commence criminal proceedings.

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