My thanks to a loyal reader who has alerted me about an arrangement (I assume one that is not in writing) that is said to exist between the Royal Mail and HMRC, concerning the delivery of certain crucial HMRC letters to taxpayers.
My loyal reader advises me that she has heard from an impeccable source within the Royal Mail that many important letters (threats of prosecution, distraint etc) from HMRC are held back for delivery on specfic "red letter days" (ie just before Easter, Christmas, and the New Year).
Why would this be so?
These are the periods when tax advisors, accountants, lawyers etc (ie those who would be helping the taxpayers on the receving end of such letters) are most likely to be setting down their quill pens for a break.
As said, this comes from a loyal reader who herself has been given the information from a source in the Royal Mail. Therefore, she and I would like to ask other loyal readers the following questions:
1 Have others, on the receiving end of important letters from HMRC, noticed a pattern to the dates of receipt?
2 If such an arrangement exists, in what form does it take (eg oral, written)?
3 If such an arrangment exists, how do HMRC and the Royal Mail identify which letters to hold back for "red day delivery"?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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