The following Corporation Tax guidance note by Tolley in association with Simon Oakes provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
When HMRC has acted mistakenly, unreasonably, disproportionately, unfairly or not in accordance with their published guidance, there is an accessible and customer focused complaints process available through which redress can be sought.
In the right circumstances, HMRC’s complaints process can be used to provide an effective and economical means of seeking redress. This applies across the whole spectrum of taxes work, not just with HMRC investigations or straightforward service delivery failures. It is not a universal panacea, but it is an option tax advisers should always consider when HMRC has got it wrong or acted unreasonably.
The purpose of this guidance note is to explain how this process can be used effectively. It draws on published case studies provided by the Adjudicator’s annual reports as illustrative examples.
Complaints concerning serious and / or potentially criminal misbehaviour by HMRC staff fall outside the scope of HMRC’s normal complaints process. Instead, the complaint should be reported either by phone to 03000 577875 or set out in writing and sent to:
See Factsheet C/FS .
It is suggested that, for record keeping purposes, the complaint is made in writing. For a list of the particulars which should be included in the letter, see the GOV.UK website .
HMRC has a three tier complaints process. The first two tiers are handled within the relevant HMRC business unit and it is there to which any complaint should be sent (see below). All taxpayers are entitled to
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