According to this poster on Accounting Web (scroll down the comments section), HMRC and their debt collection agency have broken the law:
"Just opened this mornings post and in it is a letter from an outfit called "CCS Collect" making all sorts of threats.
This letter breaks so many laws I don't know where to start.
It's addressed to us, not the client.
It's an ex client so there are serious issues of Data Protection by disclosing his affairs to us.
It threatens a visit to our premises - I hope they can get to the gate in 9 seconds, the dog can do it in 10 :)
It threatens bankruptcy proceedings - has no one told these cretins that you cant make someone bankrupt for debts under £750.
It contains the term "arrest" implying possible arrest - which is of course a totally illegal threat.
It threatens seizure of goods - since it is not our debt that would be theft then.
There is, of course, no court order in place so non of the threats are legally enforceable.
It clearly states that they act on behalf of HMRC - which makes HMRC jointly liable for their actions.
I am going to really enjoy this. I rather think I will be having a "little chat" with CCS & HMRC - in a court room.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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