Professional Expertise

  • We have a long history and proven track record of successfully handling tax investigations and negotiating deals with HMRC.
  • We have an excellent instinct for HMRC’s key concerns and likely questions.
  • We have worked within HMRC and know its structure, rules, practices, negotiation techniques and investigative tactics.
  • Andrew Watt is Chair of ICAEW’s Tax Investigator Practitioners Group (TIPG) which has close links with HMRC and other practitioners, ensuring up-to-date market practice.
  • We have many contacts with offshore banks, including Monaco, Switzerland, Channel Islands and Liechtenstein.
  • We have accounting experience and have an excellent understanding of business records and processes.
  • We have an excellent understanding of the self assessment compliance process.
  • We have worked within “Big Four” and medium tier firms in the tax investigation departments.
  • We have commercial mediation training and membership of the Academy of Experts. Andrew Watt is on the Register of Qualified Dispute Resolvers.
  • We have passed Association of Tax Technicians and Chartered Institute of Taxation exams and are up to date with relevant case law and tax legislation.

Working Practice

  • We have contacts at all levels within HMRC, to discuss complex issues, including on an anonymous, no names basis.
  • We offer competitive rates. We prepare detailed, itemised bills.
  • We are available around the clock if you have urgent issues.
  • We specialise in tax investigations so are not constrained by busy tax return or accounting preparation deadlines.
  • We have a network of specialists who we consult on VAT, employment tax, domicile etc.
  • We use a team of specialist analysts based in Sri Lanka to analyse bank statements to a high standard and at extremely competitive rates.
  • We have specialist templates, software and spreadsheets which allow us to efficiently analyse your bank statements and prepare your tax calculations, reports and certificates in a manner acceptable to HMRC so that they do not start their own investigations.
  • We keep clients fully informed of investigation progress and correspondence with HMRC.
  • We have a central London office to hold meetings with you or inspectors. We also have bases in Surrey and Kent and are happy to work on HMRC enquiries anywhere in the UK.
  • We are professional and understanding. We are not judgmental.
  • We have access to relevant databases used by HMRC.
  • We are supervised by the CIOT for the purposes of Anti-Money Laundering legislation and covered by the CCAB’s Privilege Reporting Exemption.

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Watt Busfield Tax Investigations LLP are registered with the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) for the purposes of Anti-Money Laundering legislation. We are covered by the CCAB’s Privilege Reporting Exemption.