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Be prepared for HMRC’s new VAT investigation initiative.

In recent news, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has stepped up its game in VAT investigations, recovering a staggering £11.4 billion in unpaid tax.  

This marked increase, particularly a 23 per cent rise in VAT enquiries, puts small businesses and entrepreneurs under a new spotlight.  

It’s crucial to understand what this means for you and how you can prepare your business for increased scrutiny.  

Why small businesses need to be cautious 

If you’re running a small business, the recent shift in HMRC’s focus could mean more eyes on your operations.  

Non-compliance isn’t just a risk, it carries real penalties, and you are far more likely to get caught.  

However, even those with good intentions can find themselves in trouble as VAT laws are intricate, and even a small oversight can lead to significant penalties.  

How to prepare your business 

Accurate financial documentation is your first line of defence.  

Next, you should make sure you really understand your VAT obligations.  

This isn’t just about knowing the basics – it’s about grasping the details that apply to your specific business.  

Please, don’t shy away from seeking professional advice.  

Tax professionals aren’t just for the big companies with high turnovers – they’re crucial allies for small businesses too. 

You should be building a culture in your business that values compliance, not as a burden but as a standard practice.  

Remember, HMRC also offers resources to help small businesses.  

Use them. They’re there for a reason. 

Our final thoughts 

In the face of HMRC’s intensified VAT investigations, being prepared and informed isn’t enough.  

You must consult with experts, stay up to date, and make compliance a part of your business ethos.  

An accountant can protect you from unwanted consequences and surprise penalties and costs that lay a serious burden on your business. 

For more information, please contact one of our team members, or visit our website.

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