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AMIT PURI
Tax Director

A fully technically qualified Inspector of Taxes (2008, HM Revenue & Customs)

Amit joined Lancaster Knox’s growing “Tax Investigations & Disputes” practice in March 2018; utilising almost 15 years of focused investigative experience to continue ‘fighting tooth & nail’ for my clients.

Accomplished in representing clients in the most serious HMRC investigations, where historic issues need to be regularised, as well as risk assessing and resolving disputes in terms of handling HMRC via correspondence (requiring seasoned presentational skills) and at face to face meetings (providing that much needed professional and expert buffer for clients).

Amit’s clients include: entrepreneurs growing their businesses, larger established family owned businesses, straight through to international groups operating in the UK and overseas, including all kinds of partnerships and trusts/settlements.

Amit is uniquely positioned to assist clients, having spent almost 11 years with HMRC as a Senior Inspector, investigating and interrogating in specialist teams in London, and as a Senior Policy & Strategy Adviser in Whitehall. With a history of managing: all types of tax compliance checks (i.e. self-assessment enquiries) and specifically more intrusive and in-depth investigations (under Codes of Practice 8 and 9 where large amounts of tax are involved and/or there are suspicions of fraud/evasion or avoidance); complex settlement negotiations based on careful consideration of clients’ ‘behaviour’ to achieve commercial outcomes for them; clients’ exposure to financial penalties and the plethora of other sanctions; and is well versed in the art of informal and formal information notices.

Most of Amit’s HMRC career working in Specialist Investigations (now Fraud Investigation Service) Fraud & Bespoke Avoidance. He has specialised in complex tax risk assessments, acquiring third party evidence and exploiting data/intelligence. Also, having been Head of HMRC’s Offshore/LDF Disclosures team in London, and is very well placed to advise clients about the significant and increasing risk of being identified by HMRC as a person of interest.

It is key to Amit to ensure that he has has up-to-date knowledge about HMRC’s structure and projects/activities. Armed with these quality business insights Amit keeps his network of trusted intermediaries well positioned to advise and in turn keep their clients, e.g. book-keepers, accountants, financial advisers, lawyers, international private bankers and wealth managers. A key understanding HMRC’s evolving policies and processes and how their investigators think – identify and approach tax risks and third parties for information – in complex investigations.

As well as keeping contacts well informed, Amit write’s tax articles, provides expert commentary on topical issues, regularly presents to large groups and manages projects in Monaco, Dubai and Mumbai.

Between March 2015 and February 2018 Amit was part of Grant Thornton’s Tax Investigations’ practice, and latterly led the London based team. He was also a core member of their South Asia Group, bringing together specialists from all disciplines to serve clients better, e.g. Private Client, Real Estate, VAT, Employer Solutions, International, Corporate Finance etc.