I have been contacted by the Customs and Excise for what appears to be an informal chat should I contact a solicitor?
The Customs & Excise may approach a director by telephone with a view to discussing some irregularity with the company VAT return. The initial approach may be pleasant and informal but the approach will become formal at the point the investigating officer enters the business premises.
Many directors have been lulled into a false sense of comfort despite being cautioned by an investigator. The directors or principals have only later realised the appalling consequences of entering into what they perceived as merely a discussion with the officer. As soon as you receive a call from the Customs and Excise you should contact the Forbes Business Crime team. Failure to consult a solicitor at an early stage may result in penalties, unlimited fines and imprisonment.
08 Nov 2013
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