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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

HMRC Gagging For New Powers

The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) is of the view that HMRC has not made a strong enough case to either remove safeguards on his third-party data requests or to extend hefty daily penalties to many more cases.

Currently, before HMRC can issue a notice to a third-party for material it deems ‘reasonably required’ for its enquiries, it must get taxpayer or tribunal permission.

However, in a HMRC consultation on its civil information powers, the department says it is concerned at the length of time it can take to obtain approval from a tribunal.

HMRC believes that a radical solution would be to remove altogether the requirement for either tribunal or taxpayer-approval before a third-party notice is issued.

ATT is quoted by Contractor UK:
We do not believe that HMRC have provided sufficient evidence to justify the erosion of important safeguards for both taxpayers and third parties.

The safeguards were] introduced for two reasons -- to protect the privacy of taxpayers and to prevent undue burdens being imposed on third parties.”
Not content with removing safeguards, HMRC also wants to extend tribunal-determined penalties -- of up to £1,000 a day – to every type of information notice that taxpayers and third parties can be issued with.

Who in theri right mid would trust HMRC with these additional powers/fines?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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1 comment:

  1. Same as yesterday's article about doing deals then binning it off about it ten minutes later. Go to litigation, wait a year or two. Hope the silk doesn't roast you too much or call you incompetent. The people responsible (career gobshites) don't give a toss as they are already down the road. Never heard of HMRC, nothing to do with me..

    Instead of doing their jobs properly, with adequately paid and funded people working in the shithole they clutch at straws like this. Due to intense pressure to bring in more money.

    If you have a hole in a bucket, plug the hole, instead of running around like a deranged maniac looking for more water.

    What's to stop the scum charging such penalties being saying the information sent in is lost, or never received? Where's the proof? Nice little earner for a bag a day in penalties. Where is the information going to go in amongst the Leaning Tower of Piza paper mountain?