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Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Tax Refund Delays
I received an email from a tax professional yesterday, who works in a firm of accountants.
He advised me that his firm were having great difficulty in obtaining refunds for clients who have overpaid tax. These refunds would normally be made automatically, following the submission of the tax return.
However, this year the firm is having to chase HMRC to pay up.
In a substantial number of cases the excuse is that the refund has been chosen for a "random security check", and cannot be repaid until this has been completed.
My correspondent advises me that it the firm's understanding that there is a backlog of repayments awaiting these "security checks".
All very well maybe, but in the meantime the government sits on taxpayers' money (and now pays no interest, of course); some of these taxpayers are in severe cashflow difficulties.
How widespread is this problem?
Is anyone else having similar problems?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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