Lunn says taxman has acted improperly

A FIRM that has had its tax agent status removed by HM Revenue & Customs has said that the taxman has acted “wrong and improperly”.

East Sussex-based Christopher Lunn & Co (CLAC) was yesterday notified that HMRC was refusing to deal with the firm as a tax agent because of potential irregulatities in the firm’s tax affairs.

This is the latest move in a long-running issue, which involved HMRC initially removing the firm’s tax agent status in November 2010. A judicial review in February this year concluded that HMRC had not allowed CLAC to make sufficient representations before it took its decision.

Yesterday, HMRC announced that, following representations from the firm, it has decided to remove CLAC’s tax agent status once more.

A statement from the firm said: “Our lawyers have today received notification that HMRC has, yet again, decided to refuse to deal with CLAC as a tax agent. In making this decision, we believe that HMRC has acted wrongly and improperly and we will be contacting them to demand an explanation of their conduct.”

A criminal investigation is ongoing.

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