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Carousel Fraud Representation
If your business has been caught up in a HMRC carousel or VAT fraud investigation, the expert team at JMW can help. Carousel fraud is, by its very nature, extremely complex, and our experienced team will be happy to offer some initial advice on your situation and, if necessary, defend your business in a HMRC investigation.
At JMW, we are able to assist with regard to any charges associated with carousel and VAT fraud. Carousel fraud typically involves the importation of high value technical goods, such as mobile phones, from European Union countries. These goods are initially purchased VAT-free, but are sold on by UK traders at VAT-inclusive prices.
The original trader, or a trader somewhere along the chain, then disappears without paying VAT to HMRC. In some situations goods are then sold back to another EU country and the exporter reclaims VAT from HMRC.
It is very easy for honest traders to get caught up in carousel fraud, as often the perpetrators of the fraud include a number of legitimate businesses in the chain in order to avoid arousing suspicion. Traders can also find themselves under suspicion of carousel fraud purely because they have started to import high value goods.
If your business is under suspicion, our expert team can help. Regardless of the complexity of the case, we can help you build the strongest possible defence and give you the best chance of a successful outcome, enabling you to get on with the important matter of running your business.
Why Choose JMW?
Carousel and VAT fraud cases are very complicated and to defend them successfully you will require the help of an experienced, professional legal team. At JMW, we have an excellent track record in cases of this type and a firm understanding of what is required to find a satisfactory outcome.
It is worth remembering that as often as HMRC correctly identifies a fraudster, it seeks to prosecute an innocent business. If you are targeted by a HMRC investigation, the first you know of it could be your bank accounts being frozen under the terms of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. If you are contacted by the HMRC in relation to a carousel fraud prosecution, the first thing you should do is contact a legal team to discuss your options.
We can represent individuals and businesses from throughout the UK, including Manchester and London, and can provide the expert guidance you need at what can be a particularly challenging time for your business.
Partner and Head of Department
Business Crime, Regulation & Driving Offences