Tax fraud is a wide-reaching form of financial crime. It involves the theft of monies owed to HMRC in any of a number of different ways. An individual or a company may create a situation whereby they pay less tax than they should do by claiming false deductions, claiming personal expenses as business expenses, not reporting income, or providing false details. It may also involve tax evasion, for example, hiding money, shares, or other assets in an offshore bank account. Cash-rich industries may also fall foul of tax requirements if their business is kept ‘off the books’ and unreceipted. VAT fraud, where VAT is charged but the VAT amount is stolen rather than paid to the government, and smuggling goods in order to avoid customs or excise duty are also examples.
Crucible’s barristers regularly advise individuals facing allegations of all kinds of tax fraud, including some of the largest and most complex prosecutions of this kind. Our financial crime team has vast experience defending such cases, and offer reassuring expertise at every stage from the initial investigation onwards. We recognise that your reputation, your livelihood, and your liberty may be at stake and pride ourselves on balancing a sound tactical approach with robust advice, working with forensic accountants and other experts to obtain the best possible result.
If you have been contacted by the HMRC in relation to a tax fraud matter, or you are concerned about matters involving tax fraud, then you should seek legal representation as if convicted, the potential consequences include heavy financial penalties and even imprisonment. Whether funded privately or with legal aid, Crucible’s expert counsel can be of assistance.
A number of Crucible's barristers are able to accept instructions by Direct Access, where appropriate.