Industry News
February 6, 2023
5 mins

What can I expect if I get a HMRC investigation

Many business owners experience anxiety when they hear that HMRC is conducting an investigation. But the truth is, with the right preparation and understanding of what to expect, you can be well-equipped to handle any situation that arises. In this blog post, we’ll explain what you can expect during an HMRC investigation and how you can prepare for it. 


What Happens During an Investigation? 

When HMRC initiates an investigation into your finances, they will typically contact you by letter to discuss the matter further. If necessary, they may request access to documents, such as tax returns or financial statements. It’s important to note that while HMRC may ask for information from your company, they are not allowed to demand it without reasonable cause. As such, it’s important to remain cooperative but also aware of your rights as a business owner. 


During an investigation, HMRC may conduct interviews with yourself and other members of your staff in order to gain a better understanding of your finances. Additionally, they may request additional documents or records in order to verify certain aspects of your finances or operations. It’s important to be prepared for these requests and keep any requested documents on hand so that you can provide them promptly when asked. 


How Can You Prepare?  

The best way to prepare for a HMRC investigation is by making sure all of your financial records are up-to-date and accurate. This includes keeping tabs on all income and expenses as well as ensuring that all taxes are filed correctly and on time. Additionally, it’s wise to seek professional advice if you feel overwhelmed by the process or if you require assistance filing taxes or maintaining financial records accurately.     



By following the tips outlined above, you can ensure that you are well-prepared should HMRC initiate an investigation into your finances. Understandably, many business owners feel anxious when faced with this kind of scrutiny; however with proper preparation and a clear understanding of what's involved in an HMRC investigation, you can navigate this process confidently knowing that everything is being taken care of properly!

How can we help:

Gravitate Accounting have a wealth of experience in this area and are more than willing to help assist you in getting the best results out of the investigation. If you are a client of ours this is great news because you are fully insured for any time we spend in the investigation therefore it will not cost you a penny to have us supporting you when you need it the most.

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