Janes Solicitors are regularly instructed by clients who are seeking advice following notice of a COP 9 enquiry. Often the first time you will hear of a Code of Practice 9 (COP 9) Procedure is when you receive the letter from the HMRC telling you are under suspicion for serious tax fraud and your business is under investigation. A COP 9 enquiry is when HMRC serves you a notice compelling you to disclose your financial affairs as a way of avoiding financial penalties for suspected tax offences. You may accept you have committed the alleged wrongs, and cooperate by disclosing your financial affairs, or you can deny the offence. If you deny the fraud, you will be asked if you wish to cooperate to help HMRC in their investigation. Cooperation will be looked upon more favourably in terms of any subsequent penalties that may follow. Janes Solicitors will advise you on the best approach.
After receiving a COP9 letter, you have sixty days to decide whether to enter into an arrangement with HMRC. HMRC may give an undertaking that it will not pursue a criminal tax investigation if cooperation can be reached and will instead calculate a financial settlement to cover the amount owed with a financial penalty attached. Speak to one of our team straight away if you have received a COP9 letter, for responsive and pragmatic legal advice. Any investigation procedure by the authorities can be highly stressful and debilitating to your business, and it is vital you seek legal advice early. Janes Solicitors will advise you so you know exactly where you stand, and how best to proceed at every stage.
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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.