anonymous due to nature.
LTD company Client, we do end of year accounts. Client has an independent bookkeepe who completes and submits vat returns. As part of the end of year work we liaise with the bookkeeper, identify any errors and provide adjustments to the vat for approval and then she submits error corrections/adjusts on the next return.
the client is having a vat inspection, HMRC visited him, his bookkeeper was not available so they didn’t get far with anything. They are visiting again in January and the client had advised they have requested us to attend bring his accountant. We are not the registered agent for vat and do not submit the vat returns. We have received no HMRC correspondence.
Is it normal for them to request us to attend given we are not responsible for the vat and aren’t the registered agent? Or is the client trying to get us to attend in order to lead the meeting?
i have said to the client we will attend and I plan on taking our vat correction information and outline the process ie the bookkeeper completes and submits the returns and we identify errors and advise.
Is there anything else anyone would recommend that we do/need to do to ensure we don’t get dragged into an investigation unnecessarily?