VAT Disputes

Under the Value Added Tax Act 1972 and the fraud Act 2006, VAT fraud charges can be brought. This area of law is complex and difficult to prove.

VAT fraud investigations can cause disruptions to a business and may lead to severe reputational damage. This is because VAT fraud is a serious offence which can be punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

VAT fraud may be an allegation that a company has not paid enough VAT or claimed too much, or that accounts have been falsified. It may be an allegation of carousel fraud, where goods are imported without VAT and then sold in the EU with VAT being fraudulently claim back from HMRC.

However, whilst some companies do commit VAT fraud, many are investigated as a result of genuine errors. If you receive a letter from HM Revenue and Customs stating you owe an amount, please contact us a soon as possible and we can help try and get the penalty reduced.

Whether an allegation has been made or an investigation launched, it is vital you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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If you would like to enquire about any matters relating to VAT disputes please complete our online contact form here or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our solicitors shall call you back.

Alternatively, please call our litigation solicitors in Manchester on 0161 820 8888 for a no obligation discussion.

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VAT fraud occurs when a VAT registered trader collects VAT on their sales but fails to pass on the balance of the VAT owed to HMRC after the trader has deducted the VAT they have paid to their suppliers.

If HMRC has accused your business of failing to declare its true VAT liability on VAT returns by suppressing sales or inflating purchases, we can assist you to make an organised disclosure to reduce the VAT assessment and avoid a Civil Evasion Penalty.

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