The following Personal Tax guidance note by Tolley in partnership with Philip Rutherford provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
A determinationshould be considered a significant failure by a taxpayer to deal with their tax affairs. It should be dealt with promptly and in most cases a taxpayer will require the assistance of an adviser to deal with the determination.
Advisers should be aware of the regulations surrounding determinations. See the What is a determination? guidance note.
At the very least all advisers should be aware that there is no right of appeal against a determinationissued by HMRC. A valid determinationcan only be displaced by the submission of a Tax Return which must be submitted within 12 months from the date of the determination. If a Return is not filed within this period the determinationbecomes final.
Once the determinationbecomes final, and the taxpayer is unable to make a claim under the overpayment relief provisions, it may be possible, from 1 April 2011, to submit a special relief claim to displace the determination. Such claims are only accepted in very specific circumstances.
Special relief is discussed further below. However an adviser should consider this as a final course of action.
Determinations are raised by HMRC where a taxpayer has failed to file a Tax Return by the due date.
Determinations are discussed in more detail in the What is a determination? guidance note. This note includes what a determinationcovers, when they are raised and the purpose in raising them.
A determinationwill either be received by a taxpayer or by an agent acting on
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