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Professional, independent, honest, non‑judgemental and affordable advice
Whether it’s “trouble with the Tax Man” (or woman); you are concerned with or seeking to avoid “trouble with the Tax Man”; if thoughts of the VAT man (or woman) keep you awake at night or you just need our advisory excellence to see if planning and sensible tax order can reduce your tax going forward, we can help.
We are highly experienced and capable tax and VAT professionals including in-depth experience of HMRC investigation, dispute resolution and risk management matters.
Between us we have over 150 years experience as senior tax professionals and Inspectors within HM Revenue & Customs, and as highly sought-after consultants in private practice.
How we can help you
Being faced with any HM Revenue and Customs contact, enquiry, dispute, disagreemnt, or intrusion is a daunting prospect for both businesses and individuals alike. We offer a protective helping hand to clients and their advisors alike.
Tax Planning & Good Tax Order
We are problem solvers at heart! If you tell us about a current situation and what are the aims for the future, based on our experience, we will make recommendations tailored to you.
VAT & Other Specialist Services
With decades of knowledge of tax and VAT, including investigation and dispute resolution, we offer a number of specialist services from proactive transaction VAT advice to acting as expert witness to forensic financial investigation.
Undoubtedly the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been a lifeline for many businesses in recent months.There are however growing numbers of stories about abuse of the CJRS and, by June 2020, HMRC’s CJRS fraud reporting portal had received over 2,000 reports...
The day I had the call from HMRC informing me of a large tax anomaly I felt sick, confused and worried! As soon as I had the first conversation with ‘Independent-Tax’ I felt assured and confident that a suitable resolution would be sought. They supported me through each step, corresponding with HMRC and deciphering their requests and gave me clear proposals and advice on how we should proceed via each stage. Without them I would not have been able to have achieved the favourable outcome that they did!
I would highly recommend.
Mrs M, London
I was recommended to Gary Brothers at Independent Tax by my Solicitor, following what was perceived as a relatively simple property enquiry. As ever with HMRC it had grown legs and CIS attached themselves for good measure. Following an initial informal chat with Gary, who was clearly an experienced but calm thinker, I felt in good hands to instruct them to fight my case. I was then assigned to Nick Davies on a day-to-day basis, who held my hand throughout a 30 month battle. Nick is fantastic – a straight talker but like all at Independent Tax, a complete professional with an understanding nature. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company to friends, you need people on your side who completely understand the way HMRC work, you get what you pay for and the office is a hub of experience and empathy, no matter who you speak to. I also would like to put on record my appreciation to Paul Rippon who completed the CIS side of the enquiry, resulting in a exoneration and zero liability too.
Mr B, London
In February 2017 Independent Tax (IT) were engaged to make a “Late Application for Enhanced Protection” on my behalf.
The Inland Revenue Department managed to delay matters for over two and a half years by tardy responses to correspondence, re-asking the same questions over again, requesting further detail and failing to give a ruling so that the Appeals procedure could be started.
Finally, on Appeal, the HMRC Legal Department decided, very quickly, that they would not offer evidence to defend the case and a Certificate for Enhanced Protection was issued on 9th October 2019, 2 3/4 years later!
From the very start, Gary Brothers and his team were positive and encouraging, for a successful outcome of our Application.
Criteria for the Application were easily met and IT’s appreciation of the tactics and approach of HMRC to our representations was prophetic and accurate.
Nick Davies was always communicative, supportive to me, and very firm and professional in his dealings with a particularly procrastinating and obdurate Inspector and reviewing body.
I cannot speak more highly of the superb and knowledgeable professional team from IT who acted on my behalf. They were always caring and considerate of my interests all the way through this journey.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the firm Independent Tax and Gary and Nick for such Tax matters and dealings with HMRC, as I hope this Testimonial will demonstrate.
Mr C, Worcestershire
I have nothing but praise and thanks for Independent Tax and how they handled my case. Not only did they deal with a very tricky situation that had put me and my family under enormous stress and pressure, in the most professional and successful manner. They continually help to put our minds at rest and each time they told me how a scenario would play out regardless of my doubt it went how they expected. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Mr S, North Yorkshire
Professional, Practical, Personal, Persistent.
Nick, Gary and the staff at Independent Tax are the embodiment of a professional, practical, personal and persistent approach to any tax related issues. I was referred to them by a lawyer, who on hearing about my troubles with tax and HMRC, said “I know the right people to help you”, and here started my journey of 6 months.
Nick and Gary were unprejudiced about the situation I found myself in, and once they found out about my business, they fully committed themselves to helping me out of the tricky issues that I faced. They did deliver, while also taking on the role of coordinating with other lawyers and HMRC, and provided key insights into the business and took on the role of advising all third parties on my behalf while continuing to secure a pathway, which I must say was not something that I was sure of at the start of the year.
I am now a director who can take on the aspect of promoting my business without having to deal with a million calls from statutory and regulatory bodies, all thanks to the advice, support and guidance of this able team. If you are looking for a reliable firm with good expertise and impartial advice, I will recommend this team any day. I cannot thank them enough for the work they have done in taking on the lead role in resolving the situation.
Mr R, London
I would just like say thank you so much for all your hard work and support over the last year the understanding and non-judgemental service I have been fortunate to receive will remain with me forever. Carlsberg don’t do Tax Advisors. But if they did…
Mr B from North Yorkshire
After a lengthy tussle with HMRC over my right to delayed protection of my pension, I was fortunately referred to Independent Tax when I had just about given up hope. I went to their offices, met Gary Brothers at Brackenholme and quickly realised why it is a mecca for people with tax issues that have not been reasonably dealt with. Gary’s experience and calm, patient and persistent professionalism were totally supportive. While not given to raising false hopes, he examined the evidence with scrupulous care and where justified pursued my cause unstintingly, always reassuring throughout. The final resolution came in a mediation process, which I was advised would be totally fair and based on full examination of the evidence – which I was delighted to have decided in my favour.
Independent Tax handled my dealings with HMRC. They were impeccably professional. More than that: they proved to have a profound understanding of the psychology behind HMRC investigative strategies, while showing an ability to empathise with the emotional impact on their clients. The whole handling of my case was done very smoothly and kept to the shortest time allowed by HMRC-dictated time schedule. I would not hesitate to recommend Independent Tax to my closest acquaintances as I would be confident this would lead to a happy settlement.
Independent Tax made a challenging situation very straight forward for us. Their professionalism and technical advice throughout was second to none and the financial result significantly better than we could have hoped for at the start of the process.
Ms G from Nottingham
I have absolutely no reservations in recommending the team at Independent Tax. From my initial contact with them through to resolution, I found them to be always courteous, efficient, professional and completely open, They treat their clients with honesty and respect, no matter the size or scope of the problem. Truly an oasis of expertise and help in a desert of accounting mediocrity.
Dr I from North Yorkshire
Support for professional practices
At Independent Tax we pride ourselves on being independent from other professional practices. However, we do understand the importance of working with our peers, so, if you refer a client to us, we will rebate an agreed level of the fees back to you. Simple!