A client had a very unpleasant visit from an HMRC field officer on Friday who just turned up at his house wanting to enforce a debt/secure payment.
My client owed 25,000 in tax from 2016 and has an agreement in place with HMRc, in writing, to pay this over an agreed period of time by monthly DD which he has been doing. That debt is now down to 9,000.
He also owes 24,000 from 2017 which was due on January 31st 2018.
The HMRC officer has said that if the full amount of 33,000 is not paid within 3 months they would take steps to enforce the full payment (I presume by taking goods to the value).
2 things I don't understand. If he has an agreement in place re 2016 and is paying that debt down what is HMRCs problem. Why are they chasing the 2017 debt so hard so soon.
My client said the field officer didn't seem interested in the arrangement he had in place to pay HMRC by DD.
Is it normal for an officer just to turn up out of the blue like this?