HomeCase studiesSMEs, directors & shareholdersCommercial litigationSuccessful defence of HMRC Code of Practice 9 (COP9) claim

Why the client needed our help.

Our Client (an IT contractor) received a request for a compliance check from HMRC out of the blue, and contacted us for help knowing he had massively understated his income over a ten year period.

How we helped

We took control of the situation and submitted a outline disclosure on his behalf and successfully applied for a contracted settlement under COP9, which gave him an immunity against prosecution. We then prepared and submitted a detailed disclosure report which laid bare the full under declared tax going back over 10 years.

The outcome

HMRC accepted our disclosure without question, and we settled his liability by way of an IVA, which meant he paid a one off payment of £200k against a liability including penalties of £795,000.

Andy Lynch at FWJ was literally a life saver for me. I ran in to some tax issues with HMRC and I suffer from mental health issues as well so I was a complex case. Andy took his time to professionally and accurately layout my case and assist me with finding a resolution. I researched a lot of tax advisers before making my decision and I am glad I did and relieved that I chose Andy and FWJ.

Chris Kitchen

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