HMRC imposing “unreasonable” deadline on Lunn clients

THE TAXMAN HAS given clients of Christopher Lunn & Co (CLAC) a deadline of the end of this month to disclose irregularities despite holding on to files belonging to the firm.

CLAC won a judicial review this week that ruled that HM Revenue & Customs should have given the firm the right to reply when taking the decision to remove its tax agent status. Christopher Lunn told Accountancy Age today that HMRC has imposed a 28 February deadline for clients to disclose any irregularities in the accounts.

Yet the taxman still has all the client files, including those from 2009 and before, which it had promised to return to CLAC in September 2010. Lunn said the firm believes many of these files “may well have been lost”. 

He added that this deadline is “unreasonable” and it is currently being challenged by the firm.

CLAC has said that it is making a claim for all the legal fees and damages.

There will be a second judicial review into the HMRC’s refusal to show the firm the evidence it presented to the crown court to get a search warrant in 2009.

An HMRC spokesman said he could not comment on an ongoing investigation.


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