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Discovery Assessments: How to Challenge Them 2nd ed isbn 9781912386161

Discovery Assessments: How to Challenge Them

ISBN13: 9781908545145
New Edition ISBN: 9781912386161
Published: February 2017
Publisher: Claritax Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Self-assessment was meant to bring greater finality to taxpayers' affairs, but cutbacks at HMRC mean that fewer enquiries are being pursued. Consequently, when errors are picked up, HMRC are increasingly relying on their powers to make discovery assessments.

Frequently, however, HMRC overlook (and often fail even to mention) the statutory safeguards that are intended to protect taxpayers from challenges outside a formal SA enquiry. It is only with a clear guide as to the extent of HMRC's powers that advisers can ensure that they protect their clients from inappropriate challenges.

The rules have been subject to considerable scrutiny, particularly in the past five years, and the author of this title has been involved in many of the leading cases. His book provides tax advisers with a clear and comprehensive guide to the rules concerning discovery assessments and contains much practical advice explaining how such assessments may be challenged.

This is the only book on the market that focuses exclusively on the topic of discovery assessments.

1. Overview of the book
2. Introduction to discovery assessments
3. The meaning of “discover”
4. Careless or deliberate conduct
5. Insufficiency of disclosure
6. Defences against a discovery assessment
7. Time limits for discovery assessments
8. Procedural matters
9. Consequential claims by taxpayers
10. Interaction between discovery assessments and investigatory powers

Appendix 1 – Statement of Practice 8 (1991) (Annotated)
Appendix 2 – Statement of Practice 1 (2006) (Annotated)