New evidence shows that taxpayers need better safeguards | AccountingWEB

New evidence shows that taxpayers need better safeguards

Following HM Revenue and Customs' recent consultation document on “Powers, Safeguards and Deterrents”, there has been widespread concern that the department should not be given any further powers until it can be sure that it is able to correctly calculate tax liabilities.

New evidence suggests that HMRC are being particularly heavy handed using their existing powers, which can have alarming consequences for taxpayers.


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Duty of Care

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HMRC does not have a legal duty of care to the taxpayer. Its entirely down to the Emperor's mood whether any repayment is made or even contemplated.