Liz Coleman - External Consultant

Whilst I am a fully trained former Inspector of Taxes, the experience I can offer clients extends far beyond an in-depth knowledge of tax legislation and case law. In many cases the key to a successful resolution is more about knowing how to present facts and scenarios to HM Revenue & Customs in a form that will enable an acceptable settlement to be made, rather than complicated tax legislation.


Tax Investigations

H M Revenue & Customs now has very wide ranging powers to investigate personal and business affairs at will. In some circumstances they are entitled to enter premises without notice to seek documents relevant to your tax affairs and they have draconian new penalty regimes established to maximise the amount of money that they can extract from clients if they decide that duties have been deliberately underpaid.

Why Choose Us

I have established a justifiable reputation for being a skilful, hard but fair negotiator with H M Revenue & Customs. I understand the concerns and needs of people who are subject to investigation and act swiftly to take away these worries immediately, especially in the more serious cases being undertaken by members of HMRC's Specialist Investigation offices. I am able to negotiate cost effective pragmatic settlements, whilst enabling clients to continue their business throughout the process of the enquiry.

Insolvency Proceedings

HM Revenue & Customs are increasingly supporting the appointment of insolvency practitioners to recover tax they believe to be unpaid by Companies and individuals.

These insolvency practitioners will seek to recover funds from former directors, shareholders and other individuals of influence in the company.

I have negotiated settlements of many such actions by the examination of the duties being pursued as often there are alternative ways of establishing the tax liability and the considered presentation of proposals thus ensuring the clients assets are protected. Litigation Support.

For those unfortunate enough to have the experience of being involved in litigation and court proceedings I can provide support and specialised expertise both in case preparation and in the court hearing itself. I have extensive experience of cases of alleged fraud - particularly in defending clients against such claims by HM Revenue and Customs. As in other areas, there are often alternative ways of calculating tax liabilities which would prove beneficial to the client.

Finally, by way of example, I was approached for a second opinion when a client of a well-known and established firm of chartered accountants was advised to settle an investigation into his affairs by the H M Revenue and Customs with a payment of £500,000, he had already paid £200,000 I undertook a detailed review of all relevant material and concluded that there an alternative, legitimate way of calculating his tax. A Report was prepared which was used as a basis for settlement with the Inspector, who accepted that no further taxes were payable and indeed a repayment of over £100,000 was made!