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HMRC backs down in contractor accountant case

HMRC backs down in contractor accountant case

HMRC has eventually settled out of court in its long running case against Christopher Lunn and Company, the West Sussex based contractor accountancy firm.

The Revenue has been conducting an ongoing investigation into the way CLAC represented its clients and had even refused to deal with the firm last year, but a judicial review overturned that decision in February this year. At that time it was ruled that HMRC had removed the accountancy firm’s status as a tax agent without following correct procedures.

Christoper Lunn and Company instigated another judicial review challenging the Revenue’s refusal to give details of the documents it provided the court to enable it to obtain a search warrant. HMRC eventually provided the documents a couple of days after CLAC made its application for the review and agreed to pay the legal costs incurred by the firm.

Christopher Lunn, the founder of the company, explained that the main issue was getting HMRC to release the documents, provided to the judge at the time it asked for the search warrants, to his lawyers. These were required by his solicitors so they could examine the legality of the Revenue’s actions and allow the firm to respond.

He went on to say that the case had gone on for too long and HMRC had received his explanations. The Revenue should either drop the investigation completely or formally file charges so I have the opportunity to clear my name, he added.

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