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Just a thought...

19 January 2016 / Matt Hall
Issue: 4534 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

Matt Hall questions whether HMRC’s accelerated payment notices are working as intended.

While accepting that sympathy for “tax avoiders” is rare my latest frustrating dealings with HMRC have led me to muse about the following scenario:

I decide to write to someone asserting that he owes me money. Let’s call him Mr A. I know how much he might owe me but due to “resource constraints” rather than check the documents I simply multiply a figure contained in a different document by four or five.

Mr A writes back to me disputing the debt claiming that he owes me nothing. “Pah ” I think to myself. And do nothing.


Time passes…

Ten years later and quite out of the blue I write to Mr A again. This time I warn him that I will soon send him a demand for money based on my previous letter. I tell him...

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