A client (a small general builder) who does not fall under CIS, was short paid by a contractor (by about £2500) who told him that he would account directly to HMRC for the amount deducted - I have no idea how he intended to achieve this!. No great surprise - no payment made either to HMRC or subsequently to my client. Apart from the obvious small claims route, are there any effective threats that can be made that might result in extracting the balance? My client is pretty clean, but I suspect that the contractor would not welcome unwanted attention from HMRC.
31st Jul 2012 14:32