HomeCase studiesSMEs, directors & shareholdersTax disputesHaving a HMRC tax assessment for in excess of £350K fully withdrawn by proving correct accounting for VAT

Why the client needed our help

HMRC had issued our client, a sole trader who ran a car dealership, with a tax assessment for in excess of £350K alleging incorrect use of the Second-hand Margin Scheme. The client had already appealed to the Tax Tribunal before turning to us for help.

How we helped

We analysed the work carried out prior to our instruction and then, after analysing the accounts and HMRC’s paper, put together witness evidence arguing that HMRC’s assessment was incorrect and that our client had in fact accounted for VAT correctly.

The outcome

Prior to the hearing, HMRC’s solicitors reviewed our witness evidence and, following further representations, withdrew the assessment in its entirety.

Key contacts

Andy Lynch

Andy Lynch

Consultant

Stephen Downie

Stephen Downie

Partner

Maria Koureas-Jones

Maria Koureas-Jones

Partner

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