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We have a proven track record in acting for clients subject to tax audits and achieving favourable outcomes for clients in dispute with Inland Revenue.

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Tax investigations and disputes require immediate and expert advice to meet strict deadlines. With our tax expertise and our experience dealing with Inland Revenue, and supported by our litigation experts, we are ready to help.

As tax lawyers, all confidential communications with you that provide legal advice or assistance are privileged from disclosure to Inland Revenue. That is a major advantage when compared to using tax accountants, who can be required to disclose your factual information to Inland Revenue.

Our focus is on eliminating or minimising your liability, while ensuring that your rights are fully protected. We work constructively with Inland Revenue to comply with its requests in a way that puts you in the best possible position. 

We represent individuals, financial institutions, corporates, and charities in significant tax disputes. Our tax experience includes advising on risk reviews, audits, and navigating clients through the formal tax dispute procedures.

We can help with:

  • Representing clients in tax risk reviews and audits initiated by Inland Revenue, ensuring that only the necessary responses and documents are provided.
  • Preparing tax dispute documents, including notices of proposed adjustment and response, statements of position, and attending mediation conferences.
  • Making voluntary disclosures for clients to correct tax returns in a manner that reduces the imposition of penalties.
  • Drafting settlement deeds and arranging tax payments using tax pooling to reduce the imposition of penalties and interest.
  • Representing clients in court proceedings.
  • Assisting clients with submissions to the Customs Service.

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