How to appeal against tax penalties – Telegraph Money

28th February 2024

Danielle Ford, Partner and Head of Tax Disputes & Resolutions, has featured in Telegraph Money in an article discussing how to appeal against penalties and get a successful outcome.

Appealing your case to HMRC

According to HMRC’s data, only 36% of its initial decisions were upheld during the 2022-23 tax year. The remaining decisions were modified after an internal review (or statutory review) – importantly, taxpayers have the legal right to request this review.

Increasing your chances of appealing and winning starts with following the correct appeal process and asking to postpone tax collection where possible. Danielle says: “It’s especially important to take note of the date on the [HMRC] letter, as this is when the 30-day period starts – not the date you actually receive it.”

Taxpayers should also be thorough and organised when appealing, and scanning documents is vital – if you need to provide relevant documents to other officers in the appeal process, the scanned copies will suffice until the originals are returned. Danielle says: “Take careful note of the dates included on any correspondence from HMRC, and always include your reference number in all communications you send. Always send appeals to HMRC by recorded delivery and retain proof of postage.”

You can read the article in more detail on Telegraph Money (subscription needed).

Get help with your tax disputes case

Appealing to HMRC can be complex and be a financial and emotional drain. Consulting with a tax specialist ensures that your case is effectively presented, increasing your chances of success. Danielle has over 25 years’ experience in managing tax disputes for a wide range of clients across multiple sectors. To find out how we can help you, contact  Danielle, or Riocard Hoye, Senior Manager.

Danielle Ford

Partner, Head of Tax Disputes & Resolutions
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