HMRC Enforcement Action

HMRC Enforcement Action is very wide under the various tax legislation as well as conventional civil routes available to creditors generally (including the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (as amended)).  HMRC can seek Take Control of Goods, attach deductions to your earnings, seek a county court judgment or, more commonly, petition for your insolvency – bankruptcy for an individual and a winding-up order if you are a company.

To read more about what enforcement action you may be threatened with, please click here.

If you have received a warning Notice of Enforcement by HMRC then the absolute worst response you can give is to ignore it.  Ignoring threatened enforcement action will not make it go away and just increase the cost of the debt being enforced and worsen the impact of the enforcement.

If you have received such a notice on the grounds of a suspicion of Disguised Remuneration then you could also be faced with a demand for payment of an Accelerated Payment Notice which, as from April 2019, may comprise the loan charge of 50% on any Contractor Loan Scheme or other Tax Avoidance Scheme.

No matter what your circumstances, you should seek legal advice immediately. 

At Francis Wilks & Jones we have considerable experience of negotiations with HMRC, including Accelerated Payment Notices, Personal Liability Notices, VAT Security or any other claim - including appeals to Tax Tribunals or insolvency claims by Liquidators and defending Director Disqualification Claims.

Please call any member of our Tax Disputes team for your consultation now on 020 7841 0390.  Alternatively email us with your enquiry at and we will call you back at a time convenient to you.