Tax debts: HMRC denies sidestepping the courts

An increasing focus on HMRC powers of enforcement “without third party supervision” is undermining the ability of taxpayers with a genuine dispute to stand up to the tax authority, according to Chartered Institute of Taxation president Anne Fairpo.

There can be no dispute that HMRC needs to enforce tax debts, Fairpo told CIOT members attending the annual president’s reception this week. “In a perfect world no-one would need the courts, but people make mistakes and HMRC makes mistakes,” she said.

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