Category Archive for: ‘HMRC Investigation’

Am I trading on ebay? The black, the white and the grey


A few people have emailed me recently asking if HMRC will view them as eBay traders, here’s what you need to know. Like most things with HMRC there is the black, the white and the grey. In the black are the people who move on a few unwanted birthday presents or want to get rid of their junk. That’s easy, …

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Do you know any HMRC compensation stories?


I’m doing some research for a book about how to get compensation from HMRC when things go wrong. Many people wait until the end of the investigation and then apply to the Adjudicator – but the vast majority of claims are dealt with much earlier in the investigation. I’m looking for good claims stories / case studies. If you know …

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Daily Mail report that one in four people phoning HMRC don’t get through

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Generally people calling HMRC are doing so to make sure they are paying the right amount of tax or to sort out a problem about their tax. In short these are people who are  trying to get things right.  But HMRC simply don’t put enough bodies on the front line to deal with customers. This has been happening for years, …

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HMRC display leaniancy with late return penalties


Tax officials no longer check why someone was unable to submit self-assessment forms if they provide a “reasonable” excuse HMRC have been automatically sending out £100 penalties to anybody who’s payment was late. Many appealed to the tribunal and many won those appeals. Now HMRC is so overwhelmed with these appeals it’s just scrapped the whole thing. It shows that …

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