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Monday, 18 January 2016

HMRC U-Turn on Montpelier APNs

Whilst everyone has been focused on Homer's Damehood, HMRC has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn and has had to withdraw 2,000 Accelerated Payment Notices (APNs) demanding payment of disputed tax after admitting the demands should never have been issued.

APNs are used by HMRC to demand tax that it believes someone owes before the underlying dispute has been adjudicated on by an independent tribunal or court. Taxpayers then have 90 days to pay HMRC the tax demanded, but are not allowed to appeal the decision.

However, it seems that one of the conditions necessary for issuing an APN wrt those who participated in the the Montpelier IR 35 Manx Partnership arrangement was not satisfied.

HMRC originally issuing notices to taxpayers involved in the scheme in April 2015.
AccountancyAge reports that HMRC has now admitted that the APNs should not have been issued because although the arrangements were notified to HMRC, they were not 'notifiable' to HMRC, under the DOTAS regime.

As I noted in September 2015, APNs have been an utter shambles!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. I seem to recall numerous warnings being posted about the dangers of giving the Muppets stronger powers with no oversight. Would the person/s who forsaw this please notify us of the next set of winning lottery numbers, in advance?

    Also seem to recall that it used to be illegal to attempt to RECOVER a debt stated as due that didn't actually exist, has that law changed?

  2. Where is David Gauke today boasting about the APN tax yield? Or is he too busy writing cheques to compensate those wrongly charged?