Janes Solicitors are regularly instructed by clients who are seeking advice following notice of a COP 8 notice. HMRC will make a Code of Practice 8 (COP8) enquiry where it believes an organisation or business has deliberately tried to pay less than the correct amount or take advantage of a scheme or device to reduce a tax liability (tax avoidance). If HMRC suspect this, they will investigate under COP 8 to establish the facts to recover any tax, interest and penalties due.
COP8 investigations often focus on the gathering of large amounts of information so it is vital to understand the limitations of HMRC’s powers and which documents have the protection of privilege. There is no standardised format to a COP8 investigation – unlike COP9.
We can assist clients in preparing reports and will work tirelessly on your behalf. Where HMRC enquiries are unjustifiable, we can apply to the Tax Tribunal for a Closure Notice to bring the investigation to a close.
We will also question requests for information that are too onerous and will ensure you and your business' interests are looked after every step of the way.
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If you or your business have concerns, are under suspicion or investigation or have been arrested or prosecuted for any serious fraud or financial crime offence, contact us today on 020 7930 5100. Alternatively you can contact us via our online contact form, and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.