Have you been invited to attend an interview by the HMRC for a suspected tax infringement.
Due to top level changes in the last few years HMRC have increased activity in bringing about prosecutions in to suspected tax fraud.
It is more than likely that the first time you have become aware the HMRC is investigating your tax affairs is when you receive a letter summoning you in for an “Interview under Caution”. The Interview under Caution is an important part of an HMRC investigation into suspected tax crimes.
Receiving the HMRC interview can come as quite a surprise and be a worrying time so it is important to take stock of the situation and to seek the right advice to guide you through the interview process. How you respond to questions in the interview can significantly alter the outcome of the investigation and ultimately whether charges are brought against you or are dropped.
The interview itself can be nerve-wracking and stressful which can make you answer questioning in a way, which on reflection, you may not wish to. With the interview being conducted under caution and recorded should the investigation be taken further the transcripts can be used in court by the prosecution. The presence of an experienced tax fraud solicitor will advise you through the whole process and avoid any potential pitfalls created by the investigators.
What happens after the HMRC interview?
Following the HRMC interview in all likelihood there will be a period of time during which the Crown Prosecution Service will decide on what action to take next. This will be either that no further action will be taken, further investigations will take place or charges will be bought against you.
If you do find yourself in this situation the experienced team of tax fraud defence solicitors are on hand to give you the best guidance and advice available.