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HMRC specialist welcomes House of Commons Debate

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Peter Hastings, who specialises in HMRC litigation and litigation has welcomed the debate held in the House of Commons on 17 January 2014. The case of Abbey Forwarding Limited was raised as was HMRC’s policy and conduct. Peter comments “Under current legislation, HMRC can raise an assessment against a company alleging that excise duty has been evaded on the importation of alcohol, for example.  HMRC can then appoint a provisional liquidator without notice and also seek a freezing order on the directors’ assets. This makes it difficult for directors to challenge the assessments”  Peter adds “the whole system and legislation needs to be looked at, as does HMRC’s ability to seize goods based on suspicion which the Supreme Court is reviewing”.
 
Peter and the RN litigation team have continued to see an increase of litigation against HMRC from businesses and individuals in the UK and abroad and have successfully secured the withdrawal of assessments and the release of seized goods.
 
For further information contact Peter Hastings on 01603 675639 or email peter.hastings@rogers-norton.co.uk.