COP9 and tax investigations – Accountancy Daily

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22nd March 2024

Danielle Ford, Partner and Head of Tax Disputes & Resolutions, and Riocard Hoye, Senior Manager, have been published in Accountancy Daily discussions the Code of Practice (COP) 9 process and tax investigations.

Receiving a COP9 and an offer to disclose under the Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF), is an extremely serious matter and represents the last civil chance for those who may not have paid the correct amount of tax. Danielle and Riocard focus on an overview of the initial stages of the COP9 process, and highlight the importance of the outline disclosure report (ODR) which lays the foundations for a successful outcome. Overall, the process is complex and seeking a professional and expert advisor is strongly recommended – the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has written to its members urging those without the necessary experience not to undertake COP9 work, due to difficult positions clients have been placed in by inexperienced advisors.

You can read more in the article on Accountancy Daily (subscription needed).

What to do if you receive a COP9 offer

We have commented in detail on the COP9 process previously – the key takeaway is that you should seek immediate professional advice. The COP9 process is incredibly detailed and can be a time-consuming ordeal as well as being financially and emotionally draining. At haysmacintyre, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with COP9 investigations. We have a proven track record in obtaining favourable results for clients, allowing them to draw a line under the matter and move forward without further intrusion from HMRC.

For further support and advice, get in touch with Danielle or Riocard.

Danielle Ford

Partner, Head of Tax Disputes & Resolutions
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