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recommendation to a solicitor re hmrc bullying

Our clients why are in their 80s are being unreasonable hounded by hmrc ...enough is enough

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The details of the case may not massively be relevant, but in essence HMRC are seeking a penalty for late notification of income. They say it was a discover, we say...with evidence, it was notified to HMRC via correspondence with them while disclosure of an LDF.

The facts are not relevant here.

We did a mediation, which the client was given lip service only.

They wish to take to the lower tribunal...frankly bring it on.

They are in poor health, in their 80s and two days ago, despite it under appeal, the HMRC heavies turned up at their house.

Can anyone recommend a lawyer to help defend them against this harassment, get its stopped, and potentially get compensation 

 

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By bernard michael
15th Sep 2019 10:11

How big a penalty ? I ask because it may be cheaper to pay it rather than involve legal costs, where the case may not be won

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By Bean boy
15th Sep 2019 12:04

They want £50k

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By Wilson Philips
15th Sep 2019 13:34

With that kind of money at stake my first port of call would be to seek opinion from Tax Counsel as to the chances of success

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By Tax Dragon
15th Sep 2019 21:58

You say the facts aren't relevant and indeed insofar as the details of the income are concerned that's true. But surely the facts, indeed only the facts, are relevant in relation to what was disclosed when and in response to what (if any) prompt from HMRC. Maybe I'm missing the point but I can't see any technical issue or any reason to consult Tax Counsel.

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By Bean boy
15th Sep 2019 22:29

Tax dragon...

The trouble with this website is that people answer what they want to say, rather than what I actually want, which is a solicitor to help take a bullying claim against hmrc.
The case is completely winable. We have disclosed the income, and I do not need help with the case. But I need to help the octogenarian couple get compensation for bullying.

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By Wilson Philips
15th Sep 2019 22:42

Win the case, and then deal with the complaint.

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By Tax Dragon
15th Sep 2019 23:09

Bean boy wrote:

what I actually want... is a solicitor to help take a bullying claim against hmrc.

I'd recommend mine. I'm not sure they'd be interested though. They're very good, but they're a local firm.

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By lionofludesch
16th Sep 2019 08:23

Knowing the part of the country in which you're based might be relevant to any recommendation.

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By Tax Dragon
16th Sep 2019 08:28

That's kind of my point, but thank you for making it more clearly.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
16th Sep 2019 16:12

Curious. Do you think HMRC would NOT routinely chase the debt then?

We have found HMRC's outsourced debt mob will go at anything o/s, regardless of any ongoing dispute, and advised our clients how to deal with that situation.

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By Vaughan Blake1
16th Sep 2019 16:42

Having had many a barney with HMRC I would never consider instructing a solicitor. They will have no more weapons in their armoury than you do.

My advice would be to involve your client's MP.

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By Bean boy
17th Sep 2019 23:12

That is a sensible idea...I appreciate that

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