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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Sir Amyas Wants To Hear From You Re Loan Charge


The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, has commissioned an independent review of the Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge.

The independent review will be led by Sir Amyas Morse, former Chief Executive and Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office. The review will focus on the impact of the Loan Charge on individuals who have directly entered into disguised remuneration schemes.

The Terms of Reference specify that the review will report and provide independent recommendations to the government by mid-November. They also specify that, whilst the review is ongoing, the Loan Charge will remain in force, in line with current legislation.

The government has said that it will consider and respond to the outcome of the Review once it has concluded.

Contacting the review and providing supporting evidence


Over the coming weeks, the review intends to consider the great deal of information publicly available on the Loan Charge ahead of writing its report.

The review is interested in hearing from a wide range of people and understanding their different perspectives to inform the review. If you would like to provide supporting documentary evidence then please email it to: secretariat@loanchargereview.org.uk

The terms of reference require the review to complete the report by mid-November, so any further material needs to be provided by September 30th.

Any evidence you send may be published or referred to as a part of the report, so do please identify any information that is confidential and explain the reasons why it cannot be published.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Have You Received Your EORI Number?



Auto enrolment began in August.

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Monday, 16 September 2019

HMRC Breaching Data Protection Rights?


The Guardian reports that HMRC is facing a legal battle to block it from handing personal details about British citizens to US tax authorities.

The case could have wide-ranging implications for tens of thousands of so-called accidental Americans who left the US when they were months or years old but risk having their British bank accounts frozen for failing to comply with the US tax requirements.

The case will challenge the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca), which requires foreign financial firms with US operations – including UK banks – to report information about US taxpayers to the IRS or face huge fines.

Law firm Mishcon de Reya has taken on the UK case for a client who alleges HMRC is breaching citizens’ data protection and privacy rights by transferring vast amounts of financial and personal data to governments outside the EU.

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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Independent Review Into Loan Charge



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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The Return of EU Duty Free?



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Monday, 9 September 2019

HMRC Glitch Impacts Bonus Payments


As those who have had snafus with their pension drawdowns can attest to, HMRC's software fails to recognise one off payments and instead assumes the person will receive the same amount every month.

Hence, middle-income earners who then receive a bonus may find themselves being taxed as if they are taking home a much higher salary.

Former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Steve Webb, who now works at pension firm Royal London, said three of his colleagues had been impacted by the miscalculation.
HMRC has a habit of taxing first and asking questions later, and this is yet another example. 

It is absurd to assume that a one-off bonus received at the start of a financial year is going to be repeated throughout the year and to tax people on that basis. 

People affected by this issue can have their monthly paypacket cut by hundreds of pounds with little or no notice and then have the hassle of contacting HMRC to get things put right.” 
Sir Steve claimed HMRC had failed to inform his team about changes to their “personal allowance”.

A spokesman form HMRC said if a customer’s tax code changes they are normally informed about this. HMRC said only a “small number” of people were affected by the glitch and issued an apology.
We will work with the employer to investigate if a tax code notice was sent to these customers.”
This "quirk" has been known about for sometime, therefore I am a tad surprised that people middle managers in Royal London were not aware of it.


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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Loan Charge Review?



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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

HMRC Plucks Figures From The Air To Terrorise People


The FT reports that HMRC has been accused of making up figures to terrorise people by Judge Geraint Jones QC, who said a six-figure bill had been “plucked from the air” to frighten a taxpayer receiving incapacity benefit.

Judge Geraint Jones QC ruled in favour of the taxpayer who had appealed against a tax bill and penalties of £342,000.

The First Tier Tribunal heard that in 2018 HMRC had issued income tax assessments worth £272,840 against Sebastian Cussens, based on its belief that he was a sole trader buying and selling cheap second-hand cars.

HMRC alleged Mr Cussens had failed to declare trading profits between 2005 and 2016 and also issued him with penalties of £70,102. However, the tribunal heard that Mr Cussens, who represented himself with help from his 81-year-old father, had been in receipt of enhanced employment and support allowance. This benefit is paid to people unfit to work because of physical or mental impairments.

The judgment added that, based on observations at the hearing, the tribunal believed Mr Cussens “lacked the skill, ability and perhaps the understanding to deal with this appeal properly”. The judge acknowledged that Mr Cussens had failed to co-operate with HMRC and had not mentioned his health condition to them before the hearing.  Nevertheless, the tribunal found fault with the basis on which HMRC calculated the bill issued to Mr Cussens, heavily criticising its assumption that he could have made a 50 per cent net profit margin as “wild, extravagant and unreasonable”.

The judgment noted that HMRC’s lawyer was unable to explain how the profit margin had been arrived at.

It smacks of being a situation where, because the appellant had been uncooperative and was sticking his head in the sand, the respondents [HMRC] decided to issue assessments almost “in terrorem in a bid to persuade the appellant to engage properly in the matters under review,” 

The judgment said:
We have seen nothing whatsoever in the documentary evidence to suggest that any thought, consideration or analysis whatsoever was undertaken by either the [HMRC] assessing officer and/or the [HMRC] review officer to decide whether taking a net profit figure of 50 per cent of supposed turnover was or was not a reasonable basis upon which to proceed. We are firmly of the view that figure was simply ‘plucked from the air’.” 
HMRC said in response to the ruling:
We are committed to treating all taxpayers with respect by taking individual circumstances into account. We are carefully considering the judgment.
Is HMRC pleasant plucker?

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Monday, 2 September 2019

A Loyal Reader Writes


A fed up loyal reader has asked me to post this on his/her behalf:
"Why don’t HMRC online forms work? 

I’m 99.99% certain that any information you submit into any HMRC webform isn’t stored or sent anywhere; you’re literally just pouring all your details into a black hole. 

I’ve tried repeatedly to 'De-register for VAT’ as well as 'Make a Complaint’ (about VAT de-registering service) but the info doesn’t seem to go anywhere as no action is taken, and there’s no option to phone, email or live chat with them. 

Annoying and frustrating in equal measure because they’re bound to find a way to blame me for not informing them. 

I also seem to be stuck in an interminable loop between my HMRC Business Account Gateway login and my Personal Account Gateway login—each saying I need to use the other to file my personal tax return online. 

*Banging head against the wall* 

Has anyone else had either of these issues?"
Comments and helpful advice welcomed.


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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Contractors Guilty Until Proven Innocent


The FT reports that GlaxoSmithKline has found itself at the centre of a tax crackdown after HMRC accused nearly 1,500 of its self-employed contractors of being “disguised employees”.

HMRC sent identical letters last week to contractors working in various GSK departments including IT and biomedical sciences.
We’re writing to you because you told us you were self-employed when you worked for and received payments through, your own company.

Whether a worker is employed or self-employed for tax purposes is not a matter of choice. Instead, you need to look at the facts of the working relationship between you and GSK.” 
The letters told the contractors that, if they accepted their GSK contract was caught by “IR35” rules on self-employment, they should calculate their employee payroll tax and national insurance contributions for the 2018/19 tax year and make payments by September 22.

If they disputed this, HMRC told them to reply with evidence by September 19.

Seb Maley, chief executive of Qdos, an IR35 tax specialist, said the letters were “aggressive” and that HMRC was trying to “terrify” contractors.
HMRC is working off the basis that these contractors are guilty until proven innocent.
Rebecca Seeley Harris, head of off-payroll at employment law specialist Re Legal Consulting, said contractors need not be afraid.
Although it sounds very threatening, the letter has no legal basis.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Computer Says No




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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Auto Enrolment In EORI


HMRC will start automatically enrolling companies in a key customs system in preparation for a no-deal Brexit

More than 88,000 companies will be allocated an Economic Operator Register and Identification (EORI) number in the next two weeks, adding to the 72,000 firms who have already registered.

Sajid Javid is quoted by Public Technology:
"There can be no time for delay which is why HMRC has allocated thousands of businesses with a trading number to ensure they can continue to trade their goods through Europe from day one.

This will help ease the flow of goods at border points and support businesses to trade and grow."

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A Little Light Relief



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Monday, 19 August 2019

HMRC Looking For Fraud Digital Platform


HMRC has issued an early engagement notice to inform potential suppliers that it is “considering procurement options” regarding its need for a “digital notebook application”. Such an application is needed to allow the department’s field officers to record evidence and other information during investigations into civil or criminal fraud cases.

HMRC is seeking to deploy off-the-shelf commercial software that can be installed on the smartphones and Microsoft Surface Pro hybrid devices used by its Fraud Investigation Services (FIS) division. The software must also integrate with the department’s wider technology estate and infrastructure.
The application will have the capability to: record notes, take photographs, record video [and] audio, receive witness signatures and perform speech-to-text in multiple languages.

All case-related notebook entries will adhere to evidential standards, to ensure that contents are admissible as evidence in court. The application will have GPS and date/time-stamp functionality, which will be recorded against the file note when uploaded and saved. Once saved, the file will 'lock' editing functionality.”
SIMPLES!

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Friday, 16 August 2019

HMRC Waives MTD Fines


Approximately 120,000 self-employed people have failed to meet the first deadline for filing their MTD tax returns.

Since April, the vast majority of small businesses with a turnover above the £85,000 VAT threshold have been required to submit returns online using third-party applications.


In total, 1.2 million businesses will be forced to comply with the new regime. About 490,000 should have completed their first return by August 7 but 120,000 have yet to register with HMRC.

The Telegraph reports that in normal circumstances those who had failed to comply would have received a fine of at least £100. However, it is choosing not to enforce these penalties during the first year.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) called on HMRC to extend this policy for a further year, allowing businesses to fully prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.


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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

PCS Calls HMRC's 2% Pay Rise "Derisory"


HMRC's proposals to impose annual pay rises of up to 2.08% for its lowest paid staff have been attacked by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

PCS said that HMRC was locked in an “embarrassing spectacle” of having to uprate its own lowest pay band on an annual basis to make sure it complied with the earning minimum set by government.

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The union said HMRC had told it that the rise would be paid at the end of next month, fully consolidated and backdated to 1 June.

It gave a range of 1.86% to 2.08% for the rises and said the award would be worth from £360 a year for administrative assistants based outside London to £1,410 for grade 6 staff based in the capital.

PCS said it would be convening members’ meetings on pay in September and later in the month would meet outgoing perm sec Sir Jon Thompson for a final time.

That's all very nice and dynamic. However, Thompson is leaving, what is the point of meeting him in September when he will be already mentally (albeit not physically) long gone from HMRC?


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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Security Incidents Double In Wales Over 5 Years

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The BBC reports that the number of "security incidents" across the five HMRC offices in Wales has almost doubled in five years.

The figures have risen from 807 in 2014-15 to 1584 in 2018-19.

Unauthorised disclosures - data revealed to the wrong people - has also doubled.

An HMRC spokeswoman said "we take all security incidents seriously and ensure that lessons are learnt from all cases".

The bulk of the incidents, at offices in Swansea, Wrexham, Porthmadog and two offices in Cardiff, were "unauthorised disclosures" of data.

This category of incidents increased from 642 in 2014-15 to 1353 in 2018-19, according to information obtained using a Freedom of Information request.

HMRC point out that unauthorised disclosure figures "will not all be related to customer data. Some may be internal HMRC data such as policy, guidance, workings/calculations, court proceedings etc".

As well as unauthorised disclosures, the total of 1584 incidents in 2018-19 cover a wide variety of circumstances including 66 cases of data loss through the post and three electronically, theft, loss of building passes and IT security.

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Chief Security Officer Role


HMRC, is looking for a new Chief Security Officer, who will be accountable for the department’s security and data protection strategy and risks.

In a job listing posted online, HMRC said that the new Security Chief will sit within the Chief Digital Information Office Group (CDIO) and will be responsible for setting relevant security policies and standards across the organisation. 

The role will take into account the department’s GDPR “strategic vision, direction and budget”. 

The salary is currently at £149,500 per annum, but the job notice states that more may be available for an “exceptional candidate”, subject to Ministerial approval. 

Jacky Wright, HMRC’s CDIO, said: 
This is an exciting time for digital and technology in HMRC. We are in the middle of a major transformation process that will fundamentally improve the department’s networks, technology, and digital services for our customers and colleagues. I have only been part of our journey for a short period of time, but am constantly amazed by the scope of HMRC’s operation and the opportunities we have to become a world leader in government technology.
To achieve our goals we’re innovative in our  approach using the latest technology available. It’s not just our customers we focus on - we want our colleagues’ experience of working with us to be an outstanding one, and have career pathways that are rewarding and fulfilling for everyone in the department. We’re creating a genuinely diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels able to bring their best.

Roles and responsibilities 

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate experience of anticipating major change and preparing organisations to meet that change, whilst “managing confidently through uncertainty and bringing stakeholders along the journey”. 
HMRC is also seeking someone with strategic influencing skills, as well as strong decision making, negotiating and conflict resolution skills. 
In terms of key responsibilities, some of these are set to include: 
  • Deliver a set of technical security services to internal customers and programmes across HMRC in a way that is agile and risk-informed. 
  • Establish and maintain HMRC’s security program to ensure that information assets and associated technology, applications, systems, infrastructure and processes are adequately protected in the ecosystem in which HMRC operates.
  • Strengthen HMRC’s personnel security position by designing and implementing an appropriate personnel security framework.
  • Liaise with other functions outside CDIO, including finance, HR, legal and ethics teams and 3rd parties, to ensure security and data protection risks are understood, considered and satisfactorily mitigated as an intrinsic part of HMRC’s organisational activities. 
  • Drive the implementation and monitoring of compliance to relevant regulatory and government requirements. Oversee the identification, evaluation and reporting of legal and regulatory, IT, and cyber security risk to information assets, while supporting and advancing business objectives. 
  • Provide leadership oversight to ensure threats that HMRC and our customers face are addressed effectively and expeditiously; Ensure appropriate response to security incidents and drive continuous improvements by learning from them. 
  • Ensure the design, development, operation, evolution and promotion of a business continuity model that is fit for purpose.
  • Represent HMRC on relevant cross-government Boards, and engage with the Government Security Group to influence the cyber, physical and personnel security agenda across government.
Interested candidates have until 8th September to apply and it is expected that final interviews will take place the week commencing 7th October.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

HMRC's £112M Microsoft Deal


Public Technology reports that HMRC has gained central approval for Microsoft (the company that routes its sales through Ireland) licensing deals worth £111.75m, according to data published late last month. 

The department received the green light for spending of £106m on ‘Microsoft Licence E5’ on 25 March. Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise E5 licences usually include Skype for Business, security and compliance features and Power BI analytics, as well as the suite’s standard software. It also gained approval to spend £4.9m on Office 365 on 22 January, and a further £850,000 on the same on 22 March.

HMRC’s current chief digital and information officer Jacky Wright is on a two-year secondment from Microsoft, scheduled to end this October. HMRC’s annual report published in July said:
She does not participate in any commercial decisions specifically concerning Microsoft.” 
When I was an auditor many moons ago, training to be an FCA, we were always told that we should not just be independent, but look independent!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

A Loan Charge Strategy In The Form of a Flowchart


Views on the above welcome (NB: for clarity it is not my flowchart, and I don't have any loan charge issues with HMRC).

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

HMRC's Head In The Cloud


A year ago HMRC was reconsidering its cloud migration project.

One year on and HMRC is now pressing ahead with a major move towards the use of cloud services and has agreed a deal to work with a migration expert. HMRC has tasked Belfast-based digital transformation firm Kainos with providing “specialist migration services”. The two parties have signed a year-long contract that took effect this week.

The deal relates to the department’s Securing Our Technical Future project, which is a “three-year programme to migrate HMRC services from Fujitsu datacentres to the public cloud and private crown environments”.

Kainos has been asked to help “define HMRC’s approach and strategy… for [the] move to cloud [and] to build and seed a testing plan strategy”.

Services provided by the firm will include “specialist migration testing of the application estate” of the department to ensure it is ready to move from HMRC’s premises to a cloud environment of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

The initial stages of work are due to be conducted across seven sprints, beginning with an exercise to “agree backlog and plan” and concluding the development of a “test execution service and governance model”.

The Kainos contract runs until 31 July 2020, with an option to extend the deal by a further 12 months. If more support is required beyond summer 2021, “the parties will work together to facilitate this”.

HMRC plans to complete cloud migration by June 2022.

All this and Brexit too!


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Friday, 2 August 2019

HMRC Is "Whitehall's Unruliest Department" - Javid Lays Down The Law


Sajid Javid has ordered HMRC to make no-deal Brexit planning its "absolute top priority".

Treasury sources said the letter from Mr Javid was an instruction to "Whitehall's unruliest department" to prepare for no deal.

In the letter to Thompson, Sajid Javid said:
"HMRC must make no deal preparation their absolute top priority as the UK prepares to exit the European Union on 31st October 2019, with or without a deal."
He said HMRC must deliver "critical internal systems and staffing" to function on October 31, including the 5,000-plus additional staff required to support and handle the increase in businesses making customs declarations.

Mr Javid also said HMRC should work across Whitehall to set up an "ambitious" central helpline to support firms with concerns about Brexit.

He said customs officials must work with counterparts from the Treasury, Home Office, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Border Force to deliver the "necessary changes to customs, tax and welfare arrangements in order to ensure a smooth exit and transition".

In his instructions to Sir Jon, Mr Javid said he expected to receive "weekly delivery-focused updates from HMRC to ensure progress remains on track" in the run-up to October 31."

An excellent kick arse approach!

Pretty fucking appalling that the Treasury regard HMRC as being the unruliest department in Whitehall! 

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Thursday, 1 August 2019

HMRC Targets Phoenix Companies


The FT reports that the government published draft legislation last month to counter tax abuse where companies exploit the insolvency rules to avoid or evade paying their tax liabilities.

"Phoenixism" is where the directors resurrect essentially the same business but in a different guise.

The new measure will allow HMRC to issue persons that controlled the company, and were responsible for or benefited from the avoidance or evasion of taxes, with a joint and several liability notice.

Any tax liabilities will then be the joint and several liability of the directors and the company.

This is a very important change in the way company liabilities are viewed by HMRC and will no doubt result in the erosion of the concept of ‘limited liability’ for directors and shareholders, in certain circumstances, where it is suspected that the directors have no intention of paying the taxes owed.

Traditionally, HMRC have kept a close eye on trades that were associated with tax evasion and were known to sidestep tax liabilities by going into liquidation rather than pay the taxes due.

The new powers allow HMRC to issue a joint and several liability notice to the persons controlling the company where there is a “serious risk” that the company will enter into insolvency, and there is a “serious possibility” that some or all of the liabilities will not be paid.

The company does not necessarily need to have begun insolvency proceedings for the notice to be raised.

Let us trust that HMRC will not be overzealous when using its pre-emptive powers!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Loan Charge Causes "Widespread Anxiety and Distrust"


John Mann, Treasury sub-committee chair, speaking about the loan charge said:
Setting aside the policy, HMRC’s administrative approach to the payment of large unexpected tax bills has been sensible. The delay, however, in clarifying payment terms for those wanting to settle their past use of such schemes has caused widespread anxiety and distrust.
An HMRC spokesman said:
We know that some people are facing large tax bills, often as a result of using tax-avoiding loan schemes over a number of years, so we have responded by providing affordable payment arrangements and enhanced practical support.
In other words HMRC will not change their approach, until parliament steps in and eliminates the retrospective element of this issue.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

HMRC Fiasco Impacts Taxpayers


It seems that there has been a "glitch" within HMRC that has resulted in incorrect or missing self-assessment statements to taxpayers.

The problem has been flagged up by Moore Stephens and Blick Rothenberg. Both have a number of clients who have either not received their usual half-yearly statement, or who have received it but find it shows a zero balance even though payments were due. 

As a consequence, some taxpayers are likely not to make the outstanding payment they were expecting to in July, while others may be undercharged.  

This could lead to unexpectedly large tax bills and interest charges when they have to pay the full amount in January 2020. 

Nimesh Shah, a partner at Blick Rothenberg, is quoted by Money Observer
Due to a system error, HMRC had not generated payments on account for 2018/19 for some taxpayers. A number of statements have been issued by HMRC that do not show anything actually due on 31 July 2019.”
HMRC has failed to correct the problem, even though it has known about the error for six months.
If a person has received a statement which does not look correct and does not include second payment that they feel is due, they should contact HMRC immediately. Similarly, you may not receive a statement at all, so it’s worth double-checking.”
However, he adds, the safer approach is to make the payment you believe to be due and not necessarily rely on HMRC.

Read that piece of advice again, and learn it:

DO NOT RELY ON HMRC!
 
Moore Stephens warns that although HMRC has made clear that taxpayers who received incorrect statements or none in July will not face interest charges for underpayment or non-payment at that point, there is no leeway being offered when those taxpayers face a demand for the full tax payment in January, even though this may be the fault of HMRC

The official HMRC line is that it’s the individual’s responsibility to ensure that assessments are checked and correct.

To repeat:

DO NOT RELY ON HMRC!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 29 July 2019

HMRC Misses R&D Tax Relief Targets 95% of The Time


Research undertaken by Jumpstart, one of the UK’s leading R&D tax relief specialists, found there was a significant backlog of R&D tax claims which had resulted in delays processing tax rebate payments.


Jumpstart said currently SMEs claiming the relief are facing a wait of more than 90 days as HMRC is just beginning to administer applications made at the start of April 2019 – significantly later than the agency’s four week target.

The firm found that Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) claims for larger companies are experiencing even greater delays, with HMRC currently not processing any submitted after December 20 2018.

A spokesman for HMRC said it was “sorry” for the time taken and said it had hired additional staff to try to speed up the process.

HMRC’s practice notes for the R&D specialist units say an expected turnaround time should be around 28 days. According to the agency, these are not achieved in 95% of cases.

Outstanding!

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