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03 October 2023 / Mike Thexton
Issue: 4907 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
It needs fixing

Key points

  • HMRC’s allocation of a client’s payments caused unfair interest charges.
  • The allocation of payments can be illogical and agents lack the facility to correct them.
  • This is an HMRC systemic issue which needs fixing.

I confess that for some years while interest rates have been low I have not been checking HMRC interest calculations in detail. Most of my small collection of clients pay on time; when one of them has missed the deadline by a few days the amount has been too small to make auditing worthwhile. However occasionally something seems so wrong in principle that I have to argue about it – on my own clock rather than the client’s.

The starting point

I have a client who received generous self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) and local authority support taxable in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Her business did not appear to be...

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