HMRC adopts single compliance process for SME enquiries

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HMRC this week confirmed that it would pursue a cross-tax single compliance process (SCP) for enquiries into the tax affairs of small and medium-size businesses.

The SCP was first conceived in 2007 as a single framework under which SME business compliance checks would be undertaken. Catering for both single and cross-tax enquiries the model was intended to encourage a more collaborative approach to enquiries. The quality and consistency of HMRC’s investigative work would improve through more efficient methods that reduced unnecessary delays and homed in on key issues that might involve a loss of tax.

news update this week reported that the pilot scheme...

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single compliace process    1 thanks

david5541 | | Permalink

we had one of these already.............

 

the deadline was 12 august and the inspector was picking up the phone 2 weeks before to chase it?????? does this seem fair?

In the case I dealt with, the

accountants | | Permalink

In the case I dealt with, the Inspector didn't even tell us it was a SCP investigation until halfway through an interview at our clients' premises.  Even that disclosure only came after I challenged his approach.

we've just been given

The Black Knight | | Permalink

We've Just been given an information notice on an enquiry 6 weeks after the initial letter when we had requested a two week extension and have provided the information 4 days later than the the first 30 day request period.

I expect they have not opened the incoming post as this would be quick for them.

All of the questions relate to the construction industry in which our client does not work.

This is a bit of a joke given the level of CIS non compliance in the construction industry.

I have the feeling this one is going to be amusing.

 

complain

The Black Knight | | Permalink

david5541 wrote:

we had one of these already.............

 

the deadline was 12 august and the inspector was picking up the phone 2 weeks before to chase it?????? does this seem fair?

NO!

complain of harrasment

There is no need to reply in their time scale until they issue an information notice you need to make that clear to them.

Sometimes it takes longer than 30 days to gather the information but I always keep them informed out of courtesy.

my chapess above has mistaken kindness for weakness.

He should be an easy defeat as he is only reliant on bullying his way through which usually indicates a lack of ability and knowledge. Unreasonable inspectors are so easy!