Examine loan fees in fall 2021 budget, chancellor said
Loan fees are expected to be reviewed in the fall 2021 budget to break the “deadlock” that has been reached between contractors and HMRC.
In issuing the recommendation to the Chancellor, the Low Income Tax Reform Group said a significant number of people “still have not fulfilled their obligations” under the charge.
HMRC meanwhile, “oversimplifies” the situation; issued 17,000 formal inquiry letters to loan tax filers, but reimbursed or waived fees for only 440 people, LITRG adds.
“Consider taking a break”
Rish Sunak is also informed that of those 440, only a “very low” fraction reached the HMRC “too high” bar of “reasonable disclosure” and that the residual tax concession had “little impact”.
“We call on the Chancellor to consider suspending activity around loan fees and review the current situation with loan fees,” the LITRG said in its “2021 budget representation”.
“This should include an opportunity for external organizations / individuals to provide evidence for review. “
Lawyer Osita Mba, a former lawyer for HMRC, took to Twitter to say that the tax group’s submission to Mr Sunak could be a “significant intervention”.
In particular, the four pages of the LITRG document states that a critical assessment of the “implementation and effectiveness” of the Morse review should be carried out.
The assessment is necessary because while Sir Amyas Morse’s recommendations of 2019 “had the potential to help”, the group regrets that “they have not reached their potential”.
A lobbyist for affected taxpayers, the Loan Charge Action Group says No. 11 Downing Street receives an “important message” from LITRG.
Steve Packham of LCAG told ContractorUK: “It is very fortunate that the Low Income Tax Reform Group has now joined in calls for an immediate hiatus and a review of the loan fee situation.
“The government and HMRC know full well that if they enforce the draconian loan fees there will be devastating consequences for thousands of British families and a serious risk of more suicides.
“It does not make sense to demand huge sums of money from the people that HMRC and the Treasury are well aware that people just cannot pay with many inevitable bankruptcies.”
“A Sense Way to Help Restore Taxpayer Protections”
WTT Consulting, an HMRC litigation counsel specializing in loan fees, will write tomorrow exclusively for ContractorUK on the LITRG’s submission to the Chancellor.
But this morning, before the story, the council’s tax director, Graham Webber, described the request for a review of the charge as “a wise way to ensure the return of taxpayer protections.”
Online, a loan contractor agreed action was overdue, saying it’s time for the government to treat taxpayers fairly; to examine the “failures” of HMRC and to respond to the “intransigence” of the financial secretaries of HM Treasury.
“HMRC’s position (which has guided its approach throughout the loan burden) that ‘individuals are responsible for their own fiscal affairs’ is an oversimplification,” writes the LITRG in its submission.
The group adds: “Something of a dead end has been reached…[but] HMRC suspending activity and taking a fresh look at loan fees by performing a review, would be [deliver the Revenue six advantages]. “
For taxpayers, the group says HMRC’s late reporting, interest payment, and penalty scheme on disguised compensation may require close scrutiny, saying its “grossly disproportionate” impact on taxpayers could prevent entrepreneurs from losing money. reach a resolution.