There is now some debate as to whether HMRC are becoming more aggressive wrt debt collection (eg sending in private debt collection agencies sooner than they used to do).
Tax professionals and some trade bodies claim that HMRC is "tightening the screw", whilst HMRC are quoted in the Telegraph as saying:
"Before any debt is passed to a debt collection agency, a 'final opportunity to pay' letter is issued – only if that is ignored would the debt be passed to an agency."
Two contrasting views, what's the reality on the ground?
Please feel free to comment if you have noted a change, or no change at all, in HMRC's debt collection procedures/attitude.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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