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HMRC launches Alternative Dispute Resolution service

Tuesday, 4th September 2013

<p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 16px; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px"><strong>&quot;AN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAMME</strong>&nbsp;is to be rolled out nationally by HM Revenue &amp; Customs after a successful two-year trial.</p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 16px; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px">Businesses and individuals involved in a dispute with the taxman will now be able to take advantage of &quot;independent HMRC facilitators&quot; who will mediate between the parties in order to resolve disputes during a compliance check before a decision or assessment is made.</p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 16px; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px">It is hoped the method could help ease the strain on the tribunal system, which faces a hefty backlog. In the last quarter of 2011, 22,100 cases were awaiting first-tier hearings, while the number going through the process rose from 9,100 in 2010 to 11,000 in the same year.</p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 16px; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px">HMRC director of local compliance Richard Summersgill said: &quot;I am delighted to announce that alternative dispute resolution for small businesses and individuals has entered mainstream HMRC business.</p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 16px; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px">&quot;We know that taxpayers like the speed and flexibility of alternative dispute resolution, and evidence has shown that by using the simple service, many disputes can be significantly shortened and resolved without recourse to tribunal.&quot;</p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 16px; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px">ADR is available to small business and individual taxpayers where a tax issue is in dispute, whether or not an appealable tax decision or assessment has been made by HMRC.&quot;</p>


Web-link: http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2292286/hmrc-launches-alternative-dispute-...
Language: English
Contact: Callum Fuller


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