TaxPersonal TaxTax appeals threatened by cost cutting

Tax appeals threatened by cost cutting

A Lord Chancellor's Department consultation document seeking views on improving the tax appeals system places emphasis on saving money at the expense of standards, according to Pannell Kerr Forster.

The Group A firm warned the consultation document emphasised the need to improve the current system. But the idea that a General Tax Tribunal, to include the hearing of VAT and direct tax appeals, could be chaired by a person of limited legal qualification supported by a clerk who is a lay person, was not a good idea.

The firm added that the existing system – whereby a lay body is advised by a legally qualified clerk – works well and it strongly opposed any moves to alter that concept.

Tax investigations director John Gwyer said: ‘There is an inherent need for a local tribunal comprising lay people. Although the consultation document states that since the advent of self-assessment the General Commissioners have had less to do, the fact is that because of the unforeseen administrative difficulties involved in introducing the new scheme, the efforts of the Inland Revenue have not been channelled into investigation work on the scale originally intended.’

Gwyer added that the document appeared to be advocating a dumbing down of the process.

CIMA hits out at Bank’s rates decision

Related Articles

LITRG urges government to consider tax changes in disability work plan

Administration LITRG urges government to consider tax changes in disability work plan

17h Lucy Skoulding, Reporter
HMRC appeal rejected in Tottenham Hotspur case

Administration HMRC appeal rejected in Tottenham Hotspur case

2w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
HMRC urged to clarify impact of income allowances on Self-Assessments

Personal Tax HMRC urged to clarify impact of income allowances on Self-Assessments

2m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

Administration New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

2m Emma Rawson, ATT Technical Officer
Wealthy individuals could circumvent top tax rate rises

Personal Tax Wealthy individuals could circumvent top tax rate rises

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

Personal Tax Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

4m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Industry reaction: Taylor Review does not go far enough in addressing tax issues

Legal Industry reaction: Taylor Review does not go far enough in addressing tax issues

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Does the Taylor Review sufficiently address the gig economy?

Corporate Tax Does the Taylor Review sufficiently address the gig economy?

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter