Get 3 months free Fee Protection Cover when you join Aardvark Accounting
Opt in at sign-up and we’ll add Fee Protection Cover to your package, free for 3 months. This covers the costs of professional fees in the event of an HMRC enquiry (including IR35 enquiries) and includes a free business legal helpline. £100,000 of cover provided by PfP Limited. Their service includes:
IR35 Status Check
This is where HMRC write asking if it has been considered whether the client falls within the scope of IR35. The limit of indemnity for this is £2,000.
This is where HMRC states a client should be subject to the IR35 legislation following a PAYE Compliance Visit or the issue of a notice under paragraph 24(1) Schedule 18 FA 1998. It will feature a disagreement over whether this legislation applies.
A Full Enquiry
This is an extensive examination which considers all aspects of the self assessment tax return. It will involve a comprehensive review by HMRC of all books and records relating to the entries made on the return. It will also feature the issue of a notice under S9A/S12AC TMA 1970 or paragraph 24(1) Schedule 18 FA 1998.
An Aspect Enquiry
This is where HMRC enquires into one or more aspects of the self assessment tax return, which may involve clarification of particular entries to detailed consideration of whether those entries have been treated correctly for tax purposes. It may involve a check on the records upon which the particular entries were based. It will also feature the issue of a notice under S9A/S12AC TMA 1970 or paragraph 24(1) Schedule 18 FA 1998.
A Business Inspection Notice
This is where HMRC exercise their power to request entry to a person’s business premises and inspect the business premises, assets, goods and documents. It will feature the approval of an “Authorised Officer” of Revenue & Customs and the issue of an Inspection Notice for a short notice or unannounced visit or where the proposed inspection has been approved by the First-tier Tribunal. The notice will be issued under Schedule 36 paragraph 12(2) FA 2008.
VAT/PAYE/CIS/CJRS/NMW Compliance Visit
This is where HMRC wish to carry out a routine PAYE/VAT/CIS/CJRS/NMW (National Minimum Wage) Compliance Visit where it is considered that professional representation is necessary and the matter cannot be dealt with by the client alone. The limit of indemnity for this is £2,000.
This is a challenge by HMRC to the accuracy or completeness of returns submitted. It will feature a disagreement over both the way in which VAT has been operated and over the amount of VAT due.
This is a challenge by HMRC to the accuracy or completeness of returns submitted in accordance with Pay As You Earn/CIS Regulations. It will feature a disagreement over both the way in which PAYE/CIS has been operated and over the amount of PAYE/NIC due.
Employment Status Dispute
Where HMRC state that an individual previously classed as self-employed should have been subject to PAYE.
This relates to an estate or trust where our involvement is considered necessary following the submission of an IHT return which has been wholly prepared by us. The limit of indemnity for this is £5,000.
Gift Aid Inspections
Where a registered charity operating a Gift Aid Scheme with HMRC is being reviewed. The limit of indemnity for this is £2,000.
Where a partnership or limited company join we may also make a claim in the event of either an aspect or full enquiry into the personal returns of the partners and directors and their spouses and company secretaries (where we prepare the tax return). This automatic cover will not extend to rental income in excess of £50,000 per annum (before expenses) or any other business activities. We must also be the tax return agent at the time the enquiry commences.
Application for a Judicial Review
This is an application (during the course of a valid claim under the Policy) to the Administrative Court to challenge a decision of an official where no other legal recourse is available to the applicant. The limit of indemnity for this is £5,000. Code of Practice 8 Investigations This is where HMRC Specialist Investigations conduct an investigation in accordance with Code of Practice 8. The limit of indemnity for this is £5,000.
Interventions Cover (Informal Enquiries)
This is where HMRC issue a routine letter or telephone call with a view to obtaining clarification on particular points on a self assessment tax return without the issue of a statutory notice and not dealt with or excluded under any other section of this policy. The limit of indemnity for this is £2,000.
At the end of the free period, we will automatically add £14.50+VAT for Limited Companies, and £10+VAT for Sole Traders, to your monthly direct debit unless you instruct us otherwise. You can opt out of FPC any time by giving us 1 month’s notice.