Client had a large repayment claim and is now subject to a VAT inspection. I am agent for individual directors, previous partnership and for corporation tax but not for VAT.
Client is a company of builders, genuine people but not the sharpest tools in the box. That said, they had precise records for all VAT returns when I reviewed the VAT as part of the annual accounts. Engagement letter says I will tell them of any errors I see in the course of other work but that I will not do a review of VAT.
Anyway, they emailed me and said they have a visit on Monday due to the large repayment claim. I am not their VAT agent but would like to attend the meeting as they are the sort that could potentially drop themselves in it unwittingly and give the impression they are less organised than they actually are. I do not expect for there to be any significant errors in the return, and they have asked me to look through it before then.
As long as I am there with them and they give their permission, I assume that I can speak on their behalf? Any advice please? I have not dealt with VAT inspections before, just SA ones.