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Hi there,


Because I had the misfortune to use an Accountant who did not offer best advice, I've ended up with a £26k tax bill.


I can only pay this at £1,000 pcm, and of course the IR are adding their interest [Which I don't have a problem with], but they are also adding a surcharge of almost £1,000 every few months.


Surely the OFT would agree that £1,000 for nothing is excessive.


Has anyone come across this before?


Has anyone challenged this excessive charge yet, and if so what was the result?


Any info would be appreciated.





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Bookworm is correct. Inland Reveue penalties are governed by statute and not contract law.


The unfairness/ disprportionality argument that we use against the banks doesn't apply here.


Having said that the Revenue has some discretion about when to levy penalties and how much they should be. Did these back taxes arise from an investigation and, if so, were you professionally represented there?

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