We can assist you defending all types of tax enquiries.
Offshore Swiss Tax investigationsWe offer confidential advice to any UK individual, partnership or company on how to take full advantage of various voluntary disclosure opportunities provided by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) or will assist those entities, which have already been challenged by HMRC, to make a full disclosure.
The recent publication by HMRC of the photos of a number of alleged tax defaulters who have absconded from justice is an unprecedented example of how HMRC is intent on increasing its criminal investigation activity. In addition, last year’s agreement between authorities in the UK and Switzerland will ensure that untaxed funds held in Swiss banks by UK resident individuals will be regularised, albeit on an anonymous basis. However, there is no guarantee that those who suffer this tax will be immune from investigation at some time in the future. The Swiss Government will in due course provide HMRC with the names of the top 10 destinations to which funds have been transferred in anticipation of the tax.
Edward Hayes have a record of success in dealing with sensitive negotiations with the Taxman often alongside leading accountants and international counsel.
The UK Government is investing an additional £900 million in tackling fraud and tax evasion and this is already producing results in the form of 42 new task forces focusing on perceived high risk areas such as motor traders. Targeted businesses can expect visits by HMRC investigators and HMRC has already had some significant anti-avoidance victories in the Courts where we have not been instructed.
In the meantime, the unique agreement struck in 2009 with the Principality of Liechtenstein, which offers UK taxpayers with untaxed funds held anywhere offshore a unique and genuine amnesty – the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) – will remain in place for another four years. You should obtain our specialist advice if you have any doubts as to your offshore or other tax liabilities.