We are tax investigation experts. We specialise in serious, sensitive and complicated HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) enquiries, investigations and disclosures, eg involving tax fraud/tax evasion or deliberate and careless tax errors. We deal with Code of Practice 9 (COP9), Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF), Code of Practice 8 (COP8), Offshore Disclosure Facilities. We deal with all areas within HMRC including, Fraud Investigation Services, Fraud & Bespoke Avoidance, Local Compliance, Hidden Economy, Offshore Evasion Unit, Affluent Unit, Government Departments and Public Bodies. Please see “Our Services

Our goals are to engage effectively with HMRC, ensure you get the best possible result, reduce the stress of the investigation for you and your family, bring the HMRC investigation to a conclusion as soon as possible, reduce the scope of the HMRC tax investigation, and where relevant for serious tax evasion, reduce the risk of criminal investigation and prosecution. Please see “Our Goals

We act for all taxpayers, including individuals, public/government bodies, charities, companies, as well as executors and trustees. We deal with UK based and internationally mobile taxpayers. We have dealt with several high profile taxpayers. We are also pleased to accept referrals and to advise accountants, tax advisers and lawyers on difficult and complex HMRC issues or where there are conflicts of interest or other work commitments. Please see “Our Clients

We have a long history of successfully handling HMRC tax investigations and negotiating tax settlements with HMRC. We deal with HMRC tax investigations and HMRC tax inspectors on a day to day basis and have many contacts at all levels within HMRC. Please see “Why Us

We have professional tax and mediation qualifications and have worked within HMRC and the tax investigations practice at the highest levels. Please see “Meet The Partners


September 2018 (Code of Practice 8 by Fraud Investigation Service “FIS” – rental income and offshore interests): “Watt Busfield represented me in a tax investigation. They were professional and efficient throughout. They built a good rapport with the tax inspector and managed to achieve a great result. The tax inspector was satisfied with my tax return and I had to pay nothing. Throughout, Andrew and Rebecca were courteous, flexible and understanding of my objectives. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is facing a tax investigation.”

July 2018 (ex Christopher Lunn “CLAC” client – TV producer): “Watt Busfield provided an excellent service in my tax investigation. Due to complications in VAT I was worried about their final costs but they proved to be definitely value for money. WB took care of all deliberations and came to a swift agreement with HMRC. I’d recommend them.”

April 2018 (ex Christopher Lunn “CLAC” client – HMRC Agents & Complex – rental property and Private Residence Relief “PRR”/ Principal Private Residence “PPR”): “A million thanks for your help guiding me through the grey areas of tax law, giving great advice and negotiating with HMRC. It really helped with the stress levels knowing I had you on side and it’s a great relief to put this episode behind me.”

December 2017 (ex Christopher Lunn “CLAC” client – TV and film script writer): “I approached Watt Busfield after receiving a disclosure letter from HMRC. This was an extreme worry to me as I had been unwell. Rebecca and Andrew first put my mind at ease and dealt with HMRC with great skill, keeping me fully aware at each stage of negotiations. Their office reconstructed 6 years of tax returns from my voluminous bank statements which mixed both personal and business expenditure. Following the lengthy negotiations a satisfactory outcome was reached with a time to pay agreement. Without Rebecca and Andrew I would not have been able to get myself out of the hole I had dug for myself and I will be forever in their debt for the professional and caring manner they dealt with my case.”

November 2017 (Check of self assessment tax return  for photographer agent by HMRC Local Compliance – Small & Medium Enterprises – re careless v deliberate penalty and inadequate records): “Rebecca has been consistently vigilant throughout.”

August 2017: “Thank you for fighting so hard for us. It’s massively appreciated. As said previously – it feels nothing short of miraculous being able to draw a line under this experience and without your help it would have been an even more traumatic process.”

July 2017: “I am so grateful for all the help and support you’ve given us. This has been a very stressful experience and has rather shaken my confidence in ‘the system’ but the fact that you listened to us, acknowledged what we said to be valid and fought on our behalf has made a huge difference.”

June 2017: “We found Watt Busfield to be absolutely brilliant in helping us deal with an investigation. They were down to earth, flexible, efficient, careful, very switched on and vastly experienced. One vital thing that really stood out to us compared with other firms we dealt with during our investigation is that every decision was made for our benefit; they would only do what was necessary to prepare the best possible response to HMRC. This allowed us to build a very high level of trust which made the whole investigation so much easier to cope with.”

June 2017: “Thanks a lot for everything with the case – you have been brilliant and we really appreciate all the effort you have gone to!”

May 2017: “I would like to thank both Andrew and Rebecca for the work they put into fighting a tax problem myself and several friends found ourselves facing. Andrew devoted himself to several lengthy phone calls with myself from his office and one occasion during a family holiday for which I was extremely grateful. A professional team at all time. Thank you.”

May 2017: “I’d like to thank you and Andrew both ever so much for all your help with getting my enquiry settled – it really is appreciated, and a great relief to have it all dealt with.”

April 2017: “I wanted to thank you again for your support during this challenging period. I have enjoyed working with you and am very grateful.”

February 2017: “I’d like to express our appreciation of how much effort you and Andrew are putting into this. We are extremely grateful.”

January 2017: “it feels pretty special to put this chapter behind me. Thank you and Rebecca for your kind support during this challenging period. It’s very much appreciated”.

October 2016: “What a relief and such a satisfactory result!  This was a complex case that could have dragged on and on and for it to be resolved in such a timely manner was down to your considerable efforts and expertise.”

August 2016: “Thank you for your work and assistance in the matter. Everything with HMRC went perfectly, there were no issues arising and all was settled immediately.  There were some minor changes to the numbers but nothing material.  It was possibly the easiest dealing with HMRC that I have had.” 

July 2016: “Thanks Rebecca. That is a big relief. Thank you and Andrew for all your help and support over the last few months. It was very re-assuring for me to have your professional and wise counsel. It’s very much appreciated.”

June 2016: “Thank you for all your work preparing such a thorough letter – it is very much appreciated.  It is a relief to be able to read one that I actually understand for once, after all those lengthy ones from HMRC.”

February 2016: “I would like to go on record and state what a wonderful job you and your team have carried out on my behalf and would not hesitate to recommend you to any of my colleagues.” 

December 2015: “I hope you do know just how much Sylvia and I have appreciated all your considerable efforts and diligence.”

December 2015: “Our deepest thanks for your perseverance with our case. I truly think the outcome you’ve achieved is a fair one and reflects what Nick should have paid at the time, had his accountants been any good, but there is certainly no way we could have achieved this by ourselves. Your advice and knowledge of the inner workings of HMRC have proved absolutely invaluable!”

August 2015: “Many many thanks for all your continued efforts.”

March 2015: “I have felt immeasurably relieved and supported by you in my hour of need, and although I suppose professionalism can be reasonably expected, nevertheless on a personal level you have been a great comfort.”

December 2014: “We are very grateful for the work that you have put into this matter and that this worry now seems to have been removed. We’ll need some guidance from you about future returns.”

October 2014: “Many, many thanks”

August 2014: “Many thanks for your help on this – I think youve done a great job.”

April 2014: “That is really great news! Many thanks for all your help on this matter. It will be a huge weight off everyone’s shoulders.”

March 2014: “Great news! Many thanks for kindly getting in touch and dealing with Mr. xx. My mother can finally close that chapter.” 

January 2014: “you did an excellent job and we would like to thank you for your hard work and great kindness with regards to our circumstances. We are so relieved that this nightmare has now come to an end…”

December 2012: “I would just like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and to thank you for all your efforts in resolving our position with HMRC. I am sure you can appreciate this is an enormous weight off all our shoulders and gives us the opportunity to move forward into 2013 with no more sleepless nights. Once again many thanks and wishing you all the best for the future.”

July 2012: “I wanted to formally thank you and Rebecca for all your unswerving support during what, certainly for me, has been an incredibly stressful and difficult period.  Your ability to get straight to the nub of the problem, often with an element of well timed humour, and Rebecca’s calmness and professionalism have made the whole situation that much easier to deal with”

For a no obligation, confidential discussion please feel free to contact either of the partners. Please seeContact Us

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