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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmac View Post
    It's not a blog post, it is an official letter from HMRC which I understand many thousands of proposed "settlers" have received. As such it should surely carry some weight?

    To be certain, HMRC should be contacted to check this point (does a SATR need to be completed for those in settlement discussions), with a request to put their response in writing.
    Last time I looked HMRC statements were not law, could not be made law and did not override the law.

    My clients are being advised that YES you need to complete the SATR regardless of the loan charge review.

    YES it needs to include the loan details.

    NO the HMRC statement does not remove that obligation.

    Do I think an HMRC letter or blog post or statement sworn on his mother's life by the CEO overrides the law? Absolutely not.

    Do I think a Tribunal would regard that letter as a reasonable excuse for not filing a return? Absolutely not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webberg View Post
    Last time I looked HMRC statements were not law, could not be made law and did not override the law.

    My clients are being advised that YES you need to complete the SATR regardless of the loan charge review.

    YES it needs to include the loan details.

    NO the HMRC statement does not remove that obligation.

    Do I think an HMRC letter or blog post or statement sworn on his mother's life by the CEO overrides the law? Absolutely not.

    Do I think a Tribunal would regard that letter as a reasonable excuse for not filing a return? Absolutely not.

    GW,

    On the SATR, loans need to be entered as income for the 18/19 year, which means that we will have an instant tax liability that needs to be paid by 31/01. This of course will be impossible for almost everyone. Paying a £100k, £200k, £500k whatever tax bill just isn't going to happen by 31/01.

    I'm sure HMRC haven't thought this through, and if we question them we know that their answer will simply be that they told us about this in 2016 and we had 3 years to sort this out etc etc. This of course belies the fact that many of us are trying to settle (at a lower amount than the LC), and settle over a number of years, but HMRC themselves have delayed the process - seemingly deliberately because I can't imagine any organisation would be so stupid to ignore settlement offers.

    So anyway, there is very little chance of paying the LC on 31/01. And then we will be in trouble, because we have self-assessed, but can't pay.

    I, like many others, are extremely stressed over this unfolding situation.

    How do you see the LC deadline and subsequent demands for payment playing out?

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    Default HMRC delaying settlements to force people onto loan charge will cause tragedies

    Are you telling me HMRC can deliberately ignore countersigning a settlement agreement document - an agreement that I have already signed and returned over 6 months ago and which they said would be agreeable to the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs - forcing me instead to have to declare and pay a significantly higher sum under the the loan charge on my SATR?

    If so, and I have no recourse to completing my settlement before I have to pay the loan charge, I think they are going to find another suicide on their hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    GW,

    On the SATR, loans need to be entered as income for the 18/19 year, which means that we will have an instant tax liability that needs to be paid by 31/01. This of course will be impossible for almost everyone. Paying a £100k, £200k, £500k whatever tax bill just isn't going to happen by 31/01.

    I'm sure HMRC haven't thought this through, and if we question them we know that their answer will simply be that they told us about this in 2016 and we had 3 years to sort this out etc etc. This of course belies the fact that many of us are trying to settle (at a lower amount than the LC), and settle over a number of years, but HMRC themselves have delayed the process - seemingly deliberately because I can't imagine any organisation would be so stupid to ignore settlement offers.

    So anyway, there is very little chance of paying the LC on 31/01. And then we will be in trouble, because we have self-assessed, but can't pay.

    I, like many others, are extremely stressed over this unfolding situation.

    How do you see the LC deadline and subsequent demands for payment playing out?
    It's an unholy mess.

    Worst case scenario.

    You complete the SATR with the loan details. You cannot and therefore do not pay the LC as it appears on your statement. The amount due passes into the tender mercies of Debt Management who with their usual combination of threat, innuendo and claims of powers they do not possess, start asking for money. You politely point them at HMRC statements saying that the liability may not be final and can they therefore back off. Cue utter confusion between HMRC/DM/you/your agent.

    Upshot is that you are chased weekly and then daily for money you cannot pay: HMRC claims that their hands are tied: your agent is racking up fees. Non payment surcharges are applied.

    Eventually the loan charge review is complete and settlement (if that is your choice) commences and requires perhaps 8 weeks to recharge and another 8 months to complete. All the while the "computer says pay" crew at DM work themselves into a frenzy and by then we will have the crazy situation of people who wish to settle and who have progressed that perhaps a long way, getting summons to appear in Court for insolvency.

    Absolutely bonkers.

    HMRC/HMT etc will deny that the above will happen and that the HMRC statement will "protect" you. Frankly I don't believe them.

    Best case scenario

    You declare the loans in the SATR in a manner that means HMRC have to issue an assessment that can be appealed. Or HMRC alter their processes so that loans disclosed are subject to assessment that can be appealed. The latter is outside the law as it presently stands.

    The assessment is raised, appeal made and tax postponed.

    There are a number of legal challenges in train (Judicial Reviews) and no doubt a number of tax based challenges arriving (FTT) once we see the charge. These may require some years to be resolved. HMRC decides that they will postpone the tax until they get a definitive decision in their favour.

    In the meantime, you continue to settle (see above) and if you complete that process before the definitive case, then you withdraw your appeal and the assessment disappears. If not, you have the decision of the Court/Tribunal applied to your circumstances.

    For a number of obvious reasons I cannot say here how our clients will be closer to "best case" than "worst case", but they will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger22 View Post
    Are you telling me HMRC can deliberately ignore countersigning a settlement agreement document - an agreement that I have already signed and returned over 6 months ago and which they said would be agreeable to the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs - forcing me instead to have to declare and pay a significantly higher sum under the the loan charge on my SATR?

    If so, and I have no recourse to completing my settlement before I have to pay the loan charge, I think they are going to find another suicide on their hands.
    Yes they are.

    If you feel like that, get in touch with LCAG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    I, like many others, are extremely stressed over this unfolding situation.
    HMRC will be delighted to hear that.

    In HMRC's eyes, scheme users are vermin.

    In my dealings with them over the years, I've found them to be nothing short of vindictive. They don't like their position being challenged, and the Loan Charge Review is a challenge, to their authority, on steroids. How dare the vermin!

    As a result, I have no doubt that they will be doubly determined to nail all users of loan schemes.
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    I've seen on Twitter that LCAG has written to Sir SAM expressing disgust that HMRC have already seen his review.

    I guess when you put so many HMRC staff at his disposal to complete the review they may as well give them a sneaky preview. Plus allows them a lot more time to prepare to further bash.

    Interesting as I have also heard from a friend that he is and a couple others are being pursued more vigorously for a recently issued APN. Read into that what you can

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    I have no knowledge of the claimed sharing of the report with HMRC (although I did hear yesterday that one of the witnesses interviewed had been contacted by Sir Amyas to say this) and no sight of the LCAG letter. I was also a witness for the review and have heard nothing from them. I therefore find it difficult to understand why some witnesses have been advised of the claimed sharing and some not.

    I also find it hard to understand why a report commissioned by the Chancellor should be sent anywhere expect to him. Given that the post of Chancellor is vacant at the moment, I fail to see why HMRC is seen as a substitute.

    It may be of course that the report is critical of the loan charge and recommends changes. Perhaps in that case HMRC is being asked to evaluate the impact of those changes?

    I stress however that all of the above is speculation as I actually know for sure, very little of the claimed actions.

    In terms of APNs, HMRC's collection unit - Debt Management - has always been quite aggressive in thier tactics and trying to spread an APN over more than 12 months has always been hard. Furthermore, all legal actions against APNs have been lost and in the absence of new ones on new grounds, there is no defence from the source.
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    Just to confirm its all speculation around HMRC previewing the report.

    I do believe that the review should be fully independent and that HMRC should see/comment at the same time the public/press get to do and it should be only the full and final published version.

    Giving them a sneak preview or allowing them to remove or edit, if indeed any of this has happened, is effectively giving them a 2m start in potential negotiations or arse covering.

    I am though... always sceptical about what I read on the internet so merely my original comment was just based on twitter feeds to be clear.

    I would say though I have subsequently seen a letter LCAG have sent to Sir Amyas and agree totally with the points they have raised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowpaidworker View Post
    Just to confirm its all speculation around HMRC previewing the report.

    I do believe that the review should be fully independent and that HMRC should see/comment at the same time the public/press get to do and it should be only the full and final published version.

    Giving them a sneak preview or allowing them to remove or edit, if indeed any of this has happened, is effectively giving them a 2m start in potential negotiations or arse covering.

    I am though... always sceptical about what I read on the internet so merely my original comment was just based on twitter feeds to be clear.

    I would say though I have subsequently seen a letter LCAG have sent to Sir Amyas and agree totally with the points they have raised.
    It was always going to be a whitewash.

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