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Thursday, 10 November 2011
Poacher Turned Gamekeeper
CRN reports that HMRC has lost a court case, and will have to repay Crucial Components (a now defunct company that used to trade iPods etc) £120K plus interest wrt VAT withheld under its Extended Verification anti-VAT carousel fraud initiative.
Crucial were represented by CTM (a firm specialising in litigation).
The director of CTM is Liban Ahmed, an ex HMRC officer.
He is quoted thusly:
“We forced two HMRC officers to give evidence, and the evidence was found wanting. Crucial Components traded in a perfectly reasonable way, the directors had nothing to hide and paperwork errors were just that – errors, and not suspicious at all.
The tide seems to be turning against HMRC.
These companies have to be given the opportunity for their case to be heard and we have to fight fire with fire. The judges appear to be realising that these are not normal MTIC (carousel) cases and need to be given a chance.”
I dare say we will see other ex HMRC officers "batting for the other side" in due course.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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