VAT fraud occurs when a business fails to pay the appropriate level of Value Added Tax, an indirect tax which is payable on most goods and services. This may involve failure to pay the required amount of VAT, the reclaiming of more VAT than the business is entitled to or the falsifying of accounts to disguise a business’s true VAT liability. A Public Notice 160 VAT investigation will take place when HMRC believes that tax has been deliberately evaded, which can in many cases result in a criminal prosecution. The Criminal Defence Solicitors at Wilford Smith specialise in providing legal representation in relation to all types of tax investigations and can provide you with clear, straight-forward advice to support you in this process.
As part of the proceedings under Public Notice 160, HMRC will ask you to attend a disclosure meeting. The intention is to encourage cooperation in the investigation procedure, with failure to do so potentially resulting in a criminal investigation, or at the very least a much stiffer penalty. Wilford Smith’s Criminal Defence Lawyers are experts when it comes to advising clients in relation to these investigations, providing a service that is exceptionally strategic and results driven to ensure the best outcome for you.
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Our Criminal Defence Teams are based in Sheffield and London and assist clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 01709 828 044 to find out how we can help.