Services Provided by James Coleman - tax investigations

By: James Coleman  06-Dec-2011

Every dispute with Inland Revenue in practical terms begins with an Investigation by Inland Revenue. During this stage they will seek information. While there is a legal requirement to provide what they seek there are limits to Inland Revenue’s information gathering powers and it is important to make sure that Inland Revenue is only provided with what they are legally entitled to. At this stage it will start to become clear what issues Inland Revenue are interested in. If they appear to be misunderstanding an issue or transaction this is the most cost effective point at which to correct those errors.

It is important that you get good timely advice during this stage of the investigation so as to be in the best position possible with respect to the balance of the dispute.

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Services Provided by James Coleman - general

He recently obtained a discharge without conviction for a client on 20 counts of failing to file income tax returns with respect to himself personally and a trust in respect of which he was a trustee. James also provides advice relation to insurance matters with respect to negligence in the provision of taxation advice. In relation to collection disputes he acts for and against liquidators in relation to tax debts and debts generally.


Services Provided by James Coleman - litigation

You will be advised as to your prospects of success and if settlement is the best strategy then that will be recommended and managed for you. In the court stage a Statement of Claim will be prepared to be filed in either the High Court or the Taxation Review Authority. At the hearing witnesses will be called in support of your case and Inland Revenue’s witnesses will be cross examined.


Services Provided by James Coleman - tax disputes process

This document must be prepared within statutory time frames and needs professional drafting from someone who is expert in their preparation and ideally who will then represent you at any later Court hearing. After exchange of these documents there is the opportunity for you to meet with Inland Revenue and seek to resolve any differences.