Tax Investigations

Tax law, especially internationally, can get extremely complicated. The first thing that we recommend is that, to avoid being accused of tax avoidance, you get professionals to handle your accounting and legal responsibilities when needed. However, the worst can sometimes happen, and simple, logical moves to reduce your taxation burden that seem legal at the time can actually turn out to be illegal, and then you may end up in hot water. A significant amount of tax avoidance cases are not massively fraudulent log-keeping schemes, but rather transaction restructuring being taken too far, or even things as simple as incorrect expense claiming by an employee. Punishment for tax avoidance can be serious and long-term, and when you start being investigated, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

Our team will work both to reduce penalties, maintain your privacy, assisting you with disclosures, and, mostly importantly, prevent the same thing from happening in the future. We will take care of correspondence with various tax agencies, both national and overseas, to ensure that your case is fairly considered and your penalties as low as possible. Contact us today for advice – and we can start helping you at any point, whether there is an investigation coming up, or you are in the middle of one as you read this.

Sterling Law’s international experience means we understand well how many different tax agencies work, and this, of course, includes HRMC. We are just as skilled in national tax as we are in international tax cases, and so don’t worry if your tax evasion case is national. We will take care of all correspondence with HRMC for you, and, as our expert team knows the ins and outs of complex, ever-changing tax laws, we can ensure compliance, defend you against investigations, and reduce your penalties to make sure you are treated fairly.

We pride ourselves on being ranked in the top 25 firms nationally for tax law – and we have achieved this through hard work and successful cases. Contact us if you have any questions, or need our help, and we will ensure that you have a strong chance of success in your case.

VAT inspections and investigations

HRMC takes VAT extremely seriously, and in recent years punishments for failures to pay and declare VAT have become more widespread and harsh – with time in prison, massive fines and penalties, and the collection of backlogged taxes for up to 20 years being common. If HRMC begins to investigate you, it is absolutely crucial that you contact us immediately. Our expert team will help you at every step of the way, and ensure that your situation does not get out of control, keeping penalties low, criminal prosecution very unlikely, and helping you with compliance in the future. The moment that you are contacted by HRMC, call us and we will start to build a case to defend you, giving you the best chance of defence. However, if you are already the subject of an investigation, we can help you too – our team is fast-working and up-to-date on all tax laws, and can prevent your situation from getting any worse, even if the outlook looks bleak at that point.

Naturally, our team can also help with VAT law compliance. If you are worried, or simply unsure, call us and we can help you build a strong, concise plan for paying your VAT and declaring it properly, to ensure that you never have a run-in with HRMC that you don’t want to have.

Why Sterling Law

We are a modern and innovative boutique law firm with a flexible «can-do» approach. Our cross-domain specialisation allows for seamless solutions whether you are a business or an individual, allowing us to solve most complex problems, where several areas of law are involved.

Sterling Law was created with simplicity in mind. We believe that legal services can be provided without expensive overheads and wasteful activities. We rely on technology, modernisation and innovative approach to work to be more efficient and cost-effective for you. The result: high success rate at low prices, rankings in The Legal 500 and The Times.

We value your time. After the consultation, we will let you know what the next steps are. We will request the documents we need, and only call you when necessary. We are proactive, will update you on your case as soon as we have any news so that you don’t need to call, meaning you can rest assured that no actions are needed from your side. 

We haven’t forgotten about you, but we believe you’d rather spend time doing something that really matters than on the phone with a lawyer.

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    EEA family member: permanent residence application after refusal 23.03.2021

    Our client, a non-EEA national, initially obtained a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national. Our client subsequently divorced from his EEA national spouse and obtained a residence card under the Retained Rights route. The client then applied for permanent residence, which was refused and a subsequent appeal was dismissed by First-Tier Tribunal as the Judge wrongly thought the client needed to be a qualified person, not his EEA national spouse during the time their marriage lasted. Permission to appeal on this basis was granted. 

    Elderly mother permitted to stay in the UK with her british adult son and her grandchildren 21.04.2021

    Excellent news; adult dependent relative appeal allowed by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)!

    Our client, an Indian national, came to the UK with her husband lawfully to visit their son and grandchildren, who are British nationals. Sadly, her husband passed away suddenly while they were in the UK. Our client had a history of dementia with Parkinson’s disease along with anxiety and depression, which made her return to India unachievable.

    Statutory demand 17.05.2021

    A statutory demand is a request for the payment of outstanding debt.

    If you have an undisputed amount due to you or to your business (e.g. an unpaid invoice) then you can file a form called statutory demand requesting a debtor to settle the debt.

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    Procedural unfairness in skilled worker (t2 general) application? 12.02.2021

    In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal examined two questions:

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