We acted for a client who had been served with both a follower notice (FN) and an accelerated payment notice (APN) in relation to a failed tax planning scheme involving a gilt strip. HMRC had determined that the scheme did not work and opened an investigation into the client’s connected company.
We made detailed, persuasive representations in response to the FN and APN which led to HMRC withdrawing both of them. Following the representations, HMRC also made amendments to the client’s self-assessment return which actually resulted in a tax refund.
Our expertise and understanding of HMRC processes enabled us to:
successfully argue that the process by which HMRC investigated the client’s connected company and then raised the notices was ultra vires;
spot that HMRC’s calculations of the amount of the tax liability were incorrect; and
make representations that HMRC best practices were not followed in the issuance of the notices.
This combination of factors enabled the client to avoid a huge tax bill and receive a refund.
Since 22 July 2020 the Finance Act has empowered HMRC to make directors personally liable for the tax debts of a company in liquidation or potential liquidation where they are suspected of abusing the insolvency framework in order to avoid paying taxes.
The ‘nesting’ divorce trend has recently resurged in popularity. Also sometimes referred to as ‘bird nesting’, this method after divorce or separation enables the child(ren) to remain living in the family home with each parent alternating staying in the property for their agreed part of the co-parenting schedule.