With the centralisation of HMRC’s offices, desk based reviews are becoming more common. They are particularly used for repayment returns where the client has had a large spike in inputs due to an asset purchase for example.
These desk based inspections are often conducted by officers who have little technical background. We have found such inspections are causing a lot of problems for our clients recently. Large amounts of VAT have been withheld with almost no legal foundation. Given the impersonal approach, mixed with a lack of knowledge and the need to turn the cases over quickly, is creating an environment where VAT is being withheld or assessed where in fact the legal stand point is the opposite.
We have helped many clients overturn such inspections and can help you understand whether HMRC are correct or whether we need to appeal their decision.
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