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Kinsella Tax: Top Tips for Surviving an HMRC Tax Investigation


Tax investigation specialists Kinsella Tax have released their top tips for surviving an HMRC tax investigation, in an effort to highlight common mistakes made by individuals and businesses during investigation by HMRC.

“The first thing anyone should do if they are worried about a tax investigation is to contact a team of tax investigation specialists,” says Kevin Kinsella, Chief Executive of Kinsella Tax Limited, “The following tips are intended as a guide - we want people to know what to expect from an HMRC tax investigation.”

First and foremost, Kinsella Tax recommend that individuals under investigation should not lie to HMRC as it is surprising how many people lie to the HMRC and think they can get away with it. According to UK tax investigation specialist Kevin Kinsella, “If you are open and honest from the outset, you are more likely to be treated leniently; that’s if you are found guilty of any wrongdoing in the first place!”

Secondly, it is imperative that those under investigation do not panic, as HMRC tax investigations rarely end in a custodial sentence; “If you are concerned about the outcome of a tax investigation, contact a tax investigation specialist with the necessary knowledge to assuage your fears.”

Thirdly, Kinsella Tax recommends that those under investigation should not discuss their tax investigation with anyone other than their tax advisors, “We understand that it’s tempting to discuss your tax situation with family and friends, but it’s important that you keep your tax affairs close to your chest during the investigation. Once information leaves a tight circle committed to confidentiality, there’s no telling where it will end up.”

Kinsella’s tax investigation team also recommend that individuals under investigation do not make any attempt to hide or destroy evidence. “If you can’t present a piece of information that the HMRC asks for, you may be deemed to be wilfully hiding evidence, and this can only be detrimental to your case as a whole.”

Finally, Kevin Kinsella suggests that you “Be prepared. You should be well prepared for any meeting with an HMRC tax investigator, ensuring you can give full and frank answers to the questions he or she asks.”

“The best way to ensure you have adequately prepared for an HMRC tax investigation is to contact a specialist in the field” says Kevin Kinsella. Kinsella Tax Limited has over 120 years’ experience of the tax investigation industry and operates nationwide. For more information, visit their website at:


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