Self Assessment Enquiries

A ‘discovery’ assessment can be opened when HMRC become aware that amounts reported within a self assessment tax return were omitted or insufficient. They may also open an investigation if excessive relief had been claimed.

HMRC generally have 4 years from the end of the tax year to which the error relates to open a ‘discovery’ investigation, however this can be extended to 20 years where HMRC view the loss of tax was caused deliberately.

Theses investigations can involve taxpayers who have not previously completed any self assessment tax returns and are required by HMRC to bring their tax affairs up to date, or relate to a situation where all returns have been filed on time, but an error has been made.

Whether you are an individual, sole trader, partner in a partnership or act as a Trustee, our specialist team would help resolve your problems by:

  • providing clarity and formulating a plan to deal with the investigation;
  • handling all communications with HMRC;
  • preparing or reviewing HMRC calculations relevant to your tax affairs to determine any tax liability due as a result of the enquiry;
  • negotiating penalty and interest charges; and
  • seeking early closure of the enquiry

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