It is said that the only two certainties in this world are death and taxes, and it is certainly true that every person and business will need to deal with tax issues at some point. In the vast majority of cases, an individual’s or a company’s tax position will be relatively straightforward, but there are a number of ways in which potential complications can arise.
Businesses that trade internationally can potentially find themselves involved in disputes with HMRC or UK Border Force if they do not have the correct import licences or export licences, or there are restrictions or prohibitions on the import or export of the relevant items. Disputes can also arise if their goods have been incorrectly classified for customs and excise duty purposes.
Disputes can also arise with HMRC over issues relating to VAT or other forms of indirect taxation, but arguably the area that has been under the most scrutiny from HMRC in recent years is employee remuneration and alleged disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes, which can affect businesses and individuals.
We can work alongside advisors, accountants and specialist tax counsel to provide our clients with a joined up strategy for dealing with any HMRC disputes or enquiries.
Clients involved in disputes can often also have related Professional Negligence claims against their former financial advisors, if they were provided with negligent advice in relation to the management of their tax affairs. Our Professional Negligence team have many years of experience in pursuing such claims.
We have previously assisted individual and corporate clients on a wide variety of disputes, including issues relating to:
Our tax disputes team is headed up by Michael Axe, who was recommended in the Chambers UK 2018 independent legal rankings as a lawyer who “frequently assists clients with contentious tax-related issues”.
For more information about how we can help you to resolve any tax-related disputes, please contact our tax disputes specialist below.