1. Your R&D tax credit claim
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HM Revenue & Customs: Enquiry support service for R&D tax credits

Some businesses will receive a letter from HMRC saying that they are conducting a compliance check into their R&D tax credit claim. This is an ‘enquiry’.

If this has happened to you, ForrestBrown will step in to protect your business and resolve the enquiry on your behalf – whether you need SME or RDEC enquiry defence, or both.

Our R&D tax credit enquiry support service provides peace of mind that the future of your business is in the best possible hands. With ForrestBrown, you:

  • Access unrivalled specialist technical expertise when you need it most.
  • Benefit from our good relationship with HMRC and our policy-level insight.
  • Resolve your enquiry efficiently with the best possible result for your business.
HMRC enquiry letter

Do you need help with an HMRC enquiry into your R&D tax credit claim?

If you’re facing an enquiry, get in touch with James Dudbridge LLB, Associate Director and his team to discuss how we can protect your business. If you’re an accountant, please contact us to find out more.

Learn more about our enquiry support service

Speak to our enquiry support team today.

Access unrivalled specialist technical expertise for peace of mind that your enquiry is in the best possible hands.

A dedicated team of experts to protect your business

Our enquiry support team is made up of our most experienced people. It includes former HMRC inspectors, qualified chartered tax advisers and accountants, sector specialists and lawyers.

We will assemble a team of experts best suited to your business and its needs. This senior team will dedicate themselves to protecting your business and getting the best result for you.

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Jenny

Jenny Tragner CA ATT

Director

James Dudbridge

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James

James Dudbridge

Associate Director

Malcolm Henderson - Technical specialist and former HMRC inspector

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Malcolm

Malcolm Henderson

Senior Tax Specialist and ex-HMRC Inspector

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Mark

Mark Andrew

Senior Tax Specialist and ex-HMRC Inspector

Tom Heslin technical specialist

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Tom

Tom Heslin MSc

Senior Sector Specialist

Peter Beavis Sector Specialist

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Peter

Peter Beavis MSci PhD

Senior Sector Specialist

Anna Szymańska - Senior Tax Manager

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Anna

Anna Szymańska

Senior Tax Manager

Phil Smith senior tax manager

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Phil

Phil Smith CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Getting the best result for you

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Our ultimate goal is to protect your business and manage every aspect of the enquiry on your behalf so that you can focus your time on running your business.

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We are best placed to advise you and resolve your enquiry because we know exactly what HMRC are looking for in support of R&D tax credit claims. Our policy-level insight means we understand not only what HMRC are asking you, but why.

Jenny Tragner CA ATT Director and HMRC R&D Consultative Committee member

Our enquiry support service

Our exact process will depend on your business and its needs, but you can expect enquiry support with ForrestBrown to include the following steps:

Review your documentation

We will ask you to send us your R&D tax credit claim(s) and any correspondence you have received from HMRC. We will carry out a thorough review of the claim and any discussions held to date.

Advising you on your position

Following our analysis, we will advise you on your current position and provide you a report setting out our recommendations. Based on your priorities, we will outline our strategy to achieve the best possible result for your business.

Implementing our recommendations

A multidisciplinary team with the right specialist technical expertise will help resolve the enquiry for you. We can take responsibility for all correspondence with HMRC and can manage all aspects of the enquiry going forward. We will keep you updated throughout.

Information gathering & analysis

We will collect any further information required. This may include a visit to your place of work to understand your R&D. Our expert team will work directly with your competent professional and finance team when their input is needed.

Responding to HMRC’s concerns

We will draft formal written responses to HMRC. Sometimes this will resolve the enquiry.

Discussion, negotiation & resolution

Further discussions may continue until a satisfactory resolution is reached. If it comes to negotiation, our legal experts will manage this on your behalf. Our aim is to achieve the best possible result for your business.

How long will it take?

We will proactively drive your enquiry forward to close it as quickly as possible. In our experience, the average enquiry length is four to five months – sometimes enquiries are concluded in shorter timeframes, but they may take longer.

Strategic advice that delivers for your business

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An enquiry support client

ForrestBrown’s expert advice has put us in a much stronger position for future R&D tax credit claims. We are so impressed with the service we received that we’re now using ForrestBrown to prepare our claims too.

An enquiry support client

ForrestBrown provided us with the perfect mix of specialist sector and tax expertise when we needed it most. The team put at our disposal were truly expert, very responsive and professional.

Our 2018 enquiry rate was just 0.8%

HMRC Enquiry support service team

Do you need specialist advice to resolve an R&D tax credit claim enquiry?

Get in touch with James Dudbridge LLB, Associate Director and his team to discuss how we can help you protect your business by resolving your enquiry.

Are you an accountant?

If your client is facing an HMRC enquiry into their R&D tax credit claim, we can help. Whether you’re looking for advice, or someone to actively manage an enquiry for you, with ForrestBrown you have peace of mind that your client is in the best possible hands.

Find out more about how we work with accountants