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Report on HMRC’s dispute handling

11 December 2019 / Catherine Robins , Stuart Walsh
Issue: 4724 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
Missed opportunity?


Key points

  • HMRC should ensure it is aware of the number of people involved in tax avoidance schemes.
  • There have been delays in HMRC dealing with the 19 000 taxpayers who provided information to use the loan settlement opportunity.
  • The Revenue will update its strategy for tackling promoters of avoidance scheme by 31 March 2020.
  • Proper regard should be given to the effect of extended time limits on vulnerable taxpayers.
  • The subcommittee made no recommendations on HMRC’s use of the litigation and settlement strategy.
  • It is hard to see any concrete results from the subcommittee’s inquiries.

In March 2018 when the House of Commons’ Treasury subcommittee announced it was launching two inquiries into how HMRC handles tax disputes tax professionals were hopeful that this opportunity to air views as to how the system works in practice could lead to real improvements in the process. However some 18...

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