My thanks to Paul Reeves (a loyal reader) who has directed me to case notes published on his site, concerning a five year dispute that one of his clients had with HMRC regarding tax credit overpayments amounting to £5K which HMRC wanted to be repaid immediately.
A satisfactory resolution (stage payments of the overpayment and restitution by HMRC of professional charges) was only found after the case was submitted to the Adjudicator's Office. During the protracted dispute Paul notes that HMRC stuck to the mantra that HMRC does not make mistakes:
"The Tax Credits Office refused at any time, until forced to admit this when the matter went to the Adjudicator’s Office, that they had, or indeed could have, made an error."He goes on to note:
"Query everything and do not take “no” for an answer.However, he warns:
"Please be advised that when you have received a decision from the Adjudicator’s Office in your favour, if HMRC do not act in accordance with that decision, there is not much that you can do except make a nuisance of yourself until they finally implement the decision, just to get rid of you."Has anyone else experienced similar problems with HMRC?
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