The following Owner-Managed Businesses guidance note by Tolley and written by Anne Redston provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
This note outlines the procedure for appealing against a decision made by HMRC. It links to further notes which explain each stage of the procedure.
This note and the further notes on appealing to the Tribunal are only a summary; they do not cover all situations. You may need to take further advice in relation to your client’s appeal position. If your client’s appeal is against a decision by Revenue Scotland, the procedure may not be the same as that set out here. You are advised to take specialist advice.
Be aware that there are time limits at all stages of the appeal process, and failing to adhere to the time limit may mean that the right to appeal is lost.
Before you can appeal, HMRC must have made a decision. This may seem obvious, but it is an essential point. You cannot appeal during an enquiry process. You have to wait until after HMRC has issued the decision.
This may be (for example) a closure notice, a penalty, or a refusal to register a person for VAT. If you want to close an enquiry, but have not received a closure notice, see the Requesting closure of a compliance check guidance note. The Tribunal form and related guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website .
Most decisions are appealable, but there are a few decisions against which no appeal is possible. The decision notice should set out your client’s rights of appeal. If there is any doubt you should confirm that the decision is appealable.
For examples of unappealable decisions, see Michael Bartram v HMRC and James Moyes v HMRC.
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