VAT fraud is one of the areas of criminal defence which can prove extremely complex, and difficult to prove.
VAT fraud charges can be brought under Section 72 of Value Added Tax Act 1974, as well as the Fraud Act 2006.
VAT fraud investigations are extremely thorough and can cause immense disruption to a business and may irreparably damage the reputation of a company.
Proving VAT fraud has taken place is likely to involve proving that a business has not paid enough VAT, or has reclaimed too much, or that accounts have been falsified to avoid the company’s true VAT liability.
VAT fraud investigations may cross jurisdictions, especially if MTIC or carousel fraud is suspected, where goods are imported into the UK without VAT and then re-sold back to the EU, with VAT being fraudulently claimed back from HMRC.
MTIC and carousel fraud cases are also extremely difficult to prove because a chain of supply may be involved, making the paper trail too complex to be able to prove that a deliberate falsifying of VAT or conspiracy to commit VAT fraud has taken place.
VAT fraud is an extremely serious offence, however, carrying a custodial sentence of up to 10 years if a conviction is obtained.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in defending VAT fraud cases, as well as tax fraud and white collar crime in the UK and in cross-border fraud cases.
It is crucial to take legal advice as soon as possible if there is a possibility a fraud investigation will be launched or allegations of VAT fraud have been made.
The Duncan Lewis business fraud team can advise on low-value cases or very high court costs (VHCC) involving allegations of VAT fraud.
Duncan Lewis can also liaise with agencies which may be involved in a fraud investigation, including:
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Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system, and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in business VAT fraud cases.
Our team represents clients at police stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal, and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices across England and Wales, and a fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on VAT fraud charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing business VAT fraud charges. Call Duncan Lewis during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on VAT fraud.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing business fraud charges or who may be interviewed in relation to VAT fraud to contact us as soon as possible.
Our business fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for VAT fraud is brought, and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HM Revenue and Customs.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services. Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, our business fraud solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event (ATE) insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Business Fraud Solicitors to discuss business VAT fraud allegations or charges on 0333 772 0409.