With UK tax receipts down by around 50 per cent in the last few months, there can be no doubt that the Government will be even more keen to claw back every penny possible from taxpayers during the rest of this year. HMRC will be randomly investigating self-assessment payers, corporates and many perfectly justifiable furlough claims.
And remember, the Chief Executive of HMRC recently described the furlough scheme as "a magnet for fraudsters", so we expect a LOT of investigations in due course!
Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, anyone can be investigated!
What happens if I am investigated?
We can help you through the process: liaising with HMRC, meeting Tax Inspectors, providing clarifications, preparing & defending your case and helping achieve the best outcome.
Whether you are a personal taxpayer, sole trader, partnership, estate trustee or corporate company, our experienced team can help you through.
Our offer to you.
When you subscribe to our Tax Investigations Service, our fees to assist you through an HMRC investigation will be covered by an insurance policy that French Duncan carries. This means we can defend you as described above, and the costs of our fees to do so will be covered - you won't have to pay*!
Critically, if you receive an HMRC enquiry into an approved COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme (furlough) grant or Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payment, then our Fee Protection Insurance policy would also cover this**.
What will it cost me?
For the peace of mind this delivers it's great value. Knowing that if a random HMRC investigator comes knocking, you are fully protected against professional costs associated with defending your case.
How do I join?
If you are a French Duncan client and have NOT YET joined our Tax Investigation Service, then any member of the team can arrange this for you. Email now to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll pass your request on.
If you are not yet a client and want to take advantage of this protection you can also email us, or if you have any other queries. Someone will get back to you as soon as they can.
* Exclusions apply, and fee levels are capped. Contact us for full T&Cs. ** Under the Schedule 36 enquiry provision, where HMRC use their Information & Inspection Powers contained with Schedule 36 FA 2008, subject to usual Terms and Conditions
Partner and Head of Personal Tax
Hazel began her training as a Accountant in 1992 and joined French Duncan in 2012 when they merged with Macfarlane Gray. She has specialised in tax for more than 20 years and heads up the personal tax compliance and consultancy team, managing a varied client base of businesses and private clients.
Hazel has previously served as the Scottish President of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants for two years and is currently a member of the Scottish committee.
Hazel’s specialisms include capital taxes planning, personal tax planning including residence matters, advising owner-managed businesses, tax investigations and property taxation. She has particular interest in the construction and agricultural sectors.
Hazel was brought up in a family business and has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding owner-managed firms. She draws on this background when advising on commercial and tax matters.
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Maria started her career in HMRC some 20 years ago in the Thames Valley, where she was involved in both VAT and Excise and Inland Customs. From there, she returned to Scotland to join a Big Four practice, specialising in VAT. Maria joined PKF in 2000, moving across to BDO following the merger in early 2013 as VAT manager, before joining French Duncan in 2015.
Having spent two decades working in VAT, Maria has a gained extensive experience in dealing with HMRC and assisting clients to understand and manage how VAT applies to their business.
With experience in dealing with businesses across all sectors, Maria has been widely involved in the charity and not for profit sector, manufacturing, leisure industries, international businesses and, more recently, the renewable energy sector. Advice provided to clients includes issues such as: partial exemption; business/non-business calculations; land and property advice; place of supply advice and general business VAT planning as well as the provision of in-depth VAT reviews and bespoke VAT training courses.
Maria likes her clients to know that they are valued and important to her and achieves this by being open and friendly at all times. She adopts a down to earth approach to clients’ VAT issues and aims to keep clients up to date on relevant issues and events of interest.