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Criminal investigations

HMRC has a selective criminal prosecution policy. It may choose to conduct a civil investigation into a tax fraud, under Code of Practice 9 (COP9).

However, where HMRC needs to send a strong deterrent, they will conduct their investigation along criminal lines.

When considering whether a case should be investigated under COP9 procedures or is the subject of a criminal investigation, HMRC will consider whether you have made a complete and unprompted disclosure of the offences committed, or not responded to the offer of the Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF).

If the HMRC contacts you regarding a criminal investigation, you will need specialist representation. Our experienced team of former tax inspectors will be able to assist.

For more information or help from one of our tax investigation specialists, please contact us using our enquiry form.