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How long can HMRC take to reply to a Tax Investigation ?

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How long can HMRC take to reply to a Tax Investigation ?

Postby pwwuk » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:02 pm

I've been subject to an investigation to about 18 months ..

I've replied promptly to every question and been very open that I took poor advice (was in relation to entrepreneurs relief which I was not in fat entitled to) .. but the HMRC take a month or so each time and always seem to have further questions.

They have concluded that I was careless rather than anything worse and are debating staying the fine.

Each time the write to me or email I have just a couple of weeks to reply ..

Am I incurring interest all the time I wait for their rely ?

Its been three months since I did a full reply to their latest set of questions .. could they have just forgotten me ? How long do they have to reply .. If they fail to reply for a long time is there a point where by they will forfit their right to get the unpaid tax / penalties ?

Many thanks


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Re: How long can HMRC take to reply to a Tax Investigation

Postby wamstax » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:15 am

The problem is here that somewhere along the line they should have advised you that you should have made a payment on account of the duties that were unpaid and in that way the interest is stopped running on whatever amount you pay as a general payment on account. Mind you sometimes depending on how and where you would have to find the money to pay them you could end up cheaper than if you had to take a loan from a third party.

I assume that you are not represented given that you seem to be writing yourself.

There is also another possibility that you were not careless in that you - according to your question - were badly advised. In that event you might not have been careless in that it was the acts of a reasonable man to take the advice of a professional - assuming that it was a professional - and you had no reason to doubt that the person had the requisite knowledge to advise you. In that event you probably submitted your tax return in good faith and was not careless/negligent. The questions are probably their incessant quieries to find a reason for saying that they cannot suspend the penalties.

While you can always hope that they will forget about you I am afraid that enquiry cases are registered on their enquiry database and at some point someone will realise that something has not progressed on your enquiry. However if they did not reply within 6 months I would write and complain about matters and ask for the enquiry to be closed without any more ado and with no penalties.

In truth I think that the investigator may well be referring matters back and forth to their manager given the seeming consideration of penalty suspension.

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