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Success of alternative dispute resolution

12 January 2016
Issue: 4533 / Categories: News

ADR use rises significantly.

The number of personal and small business tax cases accepted for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has risen by more 70% in the past year. The figures were obtained by RSM under a freedom of information request. HMRC accepted 413 applications from small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals in 2014/15 up from 240 in the previous year.
The statistics also show that HMRC is increasingly likely to try to resolve tax disputes through ADR rather than civil litigation. In 2013/14 66% of applications were accepted for ADR but in 2014/15 this figure had risen to 82%. 
Mike Down RSM’s head of tax investigations said: “Some disputes can result in a complete breakdown of trust between HMRC and taxpayers so having the option of involving a neutral mediator can often break the deadlock. The...

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