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Difference of opinion

25 January 2011 / Andrea Weston
Issue: 4289 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
ANDREA WESTON found that as well as disagreeing with her about flat-rate VAT, HMRC disagreed with themselves


  • The accountants receive conflicting advice from HMRC on flat-rate VAT.
  • The department’s attitude encouraged an appeal to be made.
  • Be prepared for slow progress and requests for more time.
  • For most practitioners professional advocacy is to be recommended.

Following Mike Thexton’s article I had an argument I thought readers most of whom will know less about tribunal procedures than Mike might like to hear the comments of a novice in both tribunals and tax matters.

As I sat behind Mike Keith Gordon and Ximena Montes Manzano I reflected with James Reid and Christine Harrington-Smith from my accountants Barnes Clark of Tiptree on how we found ourselves at the combined hearings for Thexton Training Ltd and my company FanField Ltd.

How it all began

In November 2008 ...

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