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Christopher Lunn & Co loses tax agent status again

Christopher Lunn & Co loses tax agent status again

East Sussex accountancy firm, Christopher Lunn & Co, has again had its tax agent status removed by HMRC.

This is the second time CLAC has had its status removed because of perceived irregularities. Last November, HMRC officials raided CLAC’s offices and its agency status was removed. However, in February a judicial review found that CLAC was not allowed to answer the Revenue’s claims and its status was reinstated.

The Revenue has now taken representations from CLAC and last week it announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be dealing with the contractor accountancy firm.

Dave Hartnett, the permanent secretary for tax, said this situation only occurs in exceptional circumstances where the department believes there could be serious irregularities in accounts and tax returns.

The president of the CIoT, Anthony Thomas, stressed that there needs to be independent oversight into the powers of HMRC when it comes to tax agents’ status. This will be even more important if the proposed system of enrolment comes into force, as this will inevitably lead to disenrollment of some tax agents. He added that a clear, agreed procedure needs to be drawn up so that everyone knows where they stand in situations like this.

Christopher Lunn claims that HMRC has once again acted wrongly and improperly. The firm issued a statement in which it said the Revenue had notified its lawyers that it would no longer be dealing with the accountancy firm as a tax agent. CLAC believes this action is wrong and will be demanding an explanation for their conduct.

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