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Rights - what rights?

HMRC is updating its rights and powers.

Some of the reforms make perfect sense (though in my opinion not all). My concern, which is growing, is that taxpayers’ rights are not being correspondingly updated.

Currently HRMC’s “customers” have: 

  • No automatic right of appeal against every new power;
  • No right to the independent scrutiny of a tribunal; and 
  • No automatic right to compensation if it all goes wrong.

HMRC’s solution to this is the Charter which has no statutory rights.

This is not satisfactory at all. Now might be a good time to start lobbying your MP.



Date: 18th August, 2008
Author: Cathy Corns


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