Court rules HMRC has 'no duty of care'. By Dan Martin

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A judge has ruled that a builder who lost 500,000 as a result of HMRC errors and delays cannot sue the government department for damages.

Neil Martin from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria took the Revenue to court claiming that its mismanagement had caused his construction business to collapse. But during a hearing in the High Court yesterday, deputy judge Andrew Simmonds QC ruled that because the Revenue does not have a duty of care to taxpayers, Martin is not entitled to sue.

Although the judge agreed that the Revenue was guilty of a "negligent" 52-day delay in processing an important Construction Industry Scheme tax form, it would not be "fair, just and reasonable" to impose a duty of care on HRMC.

Speaking in court, Nicholas Bowen, Martin's barrister, said the decision meant the Revenue was "im...

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29th Sep 2006 14:35

another nail in the coffin of the HMRC customer relationship!

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29th Sep 2006 15:01

Happy day for the taxman
This will just re-inforce the opinion we get from many taxpayers of the Revenue, sorry I mean HMRC (Her Majesty's Rip-off Club), being the modern highwaymen

They bully, they foul-up, we have caught them out lying, their "customer relations" are all but non-existant, and now a Judge has said that they can get away with whatever damage their foul-ups and incompetance causes - a happy day for the taxman, and a sad day for every british taxpayer.

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By Anonymous
29th Sep 2006 22:26

No Surprise
Well - what did we expect? The Treasury was bound to make sure that 'heads, we win, tails you lose'.

It is about time that government and the judiciary began to take on board the human and business cost of the actions of HMRC. 1984 is more than twenty years ago, but it is well and truly here!

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