PracticeAccounting FirmsFirm’s clash with HMRC takes new twist

Firm's clash with HMRC takes new twist

Tax advisory business pulls out of meeting with clients of another firm, which is under investigation by HM Revenue & Customs

WLH TAX has cancelled plans for a meeting with clients of another firm that is in dispute with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Last year Christopher Lunn & Co (CLAC) a Sussex-based firm that specialises in the media sector, said that HMRC refused to deal with tax returns it filed online, after tax officials visited the firm’s office as part of an investigation and seized files.

WLH Tax had offered to attend a meeting of CLAC client this month alongside Bark & Co, a law firm.

WLH Tax has now told Accountancy Age that it will not attend the meeting with CLAC clients in case it may prejudice CLAC’s right to a fair trial. It received representations from CLAC’s lawyers (McGrigors) that the meeting may seriously prejudice their client’s right to a fair trial.

Bark & Co did not did not respond to requests for comment about the meeting.

Yesterday (12 January) CLAC said that the High Court had agreed to defer the firm’s application for permission for a judicial review in relation to the firm’s dispute with HMRC, in favour of a full hearing, to take place over two days at the beginning of February.

HMRC declined to comment.

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