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Letter from HMRC regarding possible involvement in Tax avoidance

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  • jimmy899
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    I will let you guys know when i get a verdict from HMRC on this subject.

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  • Fred Bloggs
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    Originally posted by jimmy899 View Post
    Actually what happened is the umbrella out of the blue sent me a P45 and wished me luck in the future (this happened in between these two HMRC letters).
    Well done, wishing you luck. Hopefully the figures stack up and you're home and dry soon.

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  • jimmy899
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    Actually what happened is the umbrella out of the blue sent me a P45 and wished me luck in the future (this happened in between these two HMRC letters).

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  • Fred Bloggs
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    Originally posted by jimmy899 View Post
    So a brief update.

    Never heard back from HMRC in regards to the authenticity to the letter, despite they assuring me during the phonecall they will get in touch.

    Instead i did get another letter from them asking me to provide documentation, correspondence, bank statements, payslips relating to my association with this umbrella company so that they can check if i have paid the right amount of tax. And they are asking for this for the period between april 2020 and august 2021.

    Anyone had similar request from them?
    Thanks for the update. It seems then that the original communication was genuine, unless the latest one is a scam too? I presume you switched brollies after you started to get concerned?

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  • jimmy899
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    So a brief update.

    Never heard back from HMRC in regards to the authenticity to the letter, despite they assuring me during the phonecall they will get in touch.

    Instead i did get another letter from them asking me to provide documentation, correspondence, bank statements, payslips relating to my association with this umbrella company so that they can check if i have paid the right amount of tax. And they are asking for this for the period between april 2020 and august 2021.

    Anyone had similar request from them?

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  • jimmy899
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    Still waiting to hear back from HMRC.

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  • northernladuk
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    OP.. How are you getting on with this?

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  • LondonManc
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    Originally posted by Fred Bloggs View Post

    After your edit - OP says he knew about dodgy schemes. So he sensibly chose PAYE. Where he went a bit awry, was not scratching a bit deeper below the surface veneer. Of little consequence now. OP made a sensible decision and I recommend he draws a line under this and moves on.
    If they give you a full PAYE illustration which matches with an umbrella calculator, most people would, not unreasonably, assume that the company knew what they were doing, especially to make it onto an agency PSL (yeah, I know...). No mention of loans, enhanced this or that, just straightforward umbrella PAYE vehicle.

    I still think HMRC are playing guilty by association and shaking the tree and see what falls out. OP should say that they were offered two options and went with the straightforward PAYE option because they didn't want any potential complications and understood it from their own visit to an umbrella calculator site.

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  • Fred Bloggs
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    Originally posted by eek View Post

    It's worth saying that I don't think any broker was involved - it was a mere sales pitch to identify which way to direct the OP.
    That's indeed possible, can't rule it out. But there's no evidence to support that. If this is a reputable brolly and they are a member of a trade association and the agency too if it comes to that. The trade body needs to investigate their business practices. They won't though. One thing I have learned through life is that accreditations and the like are meaningless when it comes to safeguarding the client.

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  • eek
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    Originally posted by Fred Bloggs View Post
    Balance of probabilities? In my opinion, you were on the money with your option 2. OP has had a very lucky close encounter that could have bitten him very hard if he had been a bit greedier/naive than he was.
    It's worth saying that I don't think any broker was involved - it was a mere sales pitch to identify which way to direct the OP.

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