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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

HMRC Challenged Over Breach of Human Rights

The Loan Charge Action Group has taken up the cudgels against HMRC, on behalf of contractors who used tax avoidance schemes, and have branded looming fines “grossly unfair” and a breach of human rights in an official legal challenge. 

HMRC has targeted around 50,000 self-employed people with a “loan charge”, set to hit in April, which those liable claim will see them forced into bankruptcy.

The dispute arises from the contractors’ use of complex arrangements, popular and widely accepted to be legal in the early 2000s, in which much of their salary was paid in the form of supposedly tax-free loans.

The Loan Charge Action Group claims workers were unwittingly led into the schemes by unscrupulous promoters or employers, who required them to be paid in this way.

The contractors will also be hit by the loan charge, which rolls all the loans received into a single tax year meaning the bill could be more than the actual tax liability. It also does not clear the original unpaid tax bill.

The LCAG is requesting a judicial review of the charge saying it is a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights and that the Government did not carry out proper impact assessments.

HMRC has admitted that a small number of people may face bankruptcy.

Robert Venables QC, acting on behalf of the group, said the loan charge was “disproportionate”.

He is quoted by the Telegraph:
"The loan charges are being applied in cases where there was no tax avoidance in the first place and taxpayers are being taxed on non-existent benefits and non-existent income.

This is to all intents and purposes retrospective legislation. It is grossly unfair, arbitrary, oppressive and unjust.”
Richard Horsley, of the LCAG, said:
Hardworking law-abiding people and their families face losing everything due to this unfair retrospective draconian tax grab.

The Loan Charge Action Group represent and have been dealing with many desperate self-employed and formerly self-employed people who never broke the law and never sought to conceal their tax arrangements.”
An HMRC spokesman said it had no comment on the legal action but that HMRC “wants to do all we can to make it simple for people to get out of these schemes and we’re here to help those who want to”.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. As a former HMRC officer my experience was they UNLAWFULLY breached my Human Rights as a matter on the record. I am therefore never surprised to hear stories of alleged breaches against taxpayers or other members of staff.

    1. 100% echo @14:35
      Whole system including PAC and others has totally failed to grasp the seriousness of the situation and its implications.
      The corrupt and conspirational management should be fully investigated and held to account for their law breaking acts and omissions.

  2. I knew of an HMRC compliance manager who broke the law and acted without any integrity in telling a concoction of lies in order to avoid scrutiny for her misconduct.
    HMRC management allowed this same manager to sign VAT assessments (even though she knew nothing about VAT). So we have a scenario where HMRC have instituted legal proceedings against taxpayers based on the authority of a totally dishonest person. How can that be allowed and wouldn't taxpayers & accountants think it more than a little dodgy?

  3. Many "assistants" know many examples of this, I'm sure. The staff magazine used to bear many complaints about novices holding jurisdiction over experts, once the new promotion system arrived in the mid 90s, and comments in the magazine vowed to expose in the future. But none dare talk or specific examples, understandably, in the awful situation of having to witness "know-nothings" pontificating wrongly to the public........