Another year, another controversial issue for accountants and tax advisers.
For reasons best known to themselves HMRC decided to press ahead with their interventions project last month. This is despite the severe misgivings expressed by the professional bodies, the wholly inadequate consideration given to a range of practical consequences and the complete absence of legal protection available to taxpayers who are found to have additional tax to pay.
I would concede that the interventions project has a logical rationale. But it is riddled with practical and legal problems. Moany of these could have been avoided if HMRC had not ignored calls from the professional boides to postpone the pilot until these issues had been properly considered.
In the meantime I was delighted to be asked by CCH to chair a workshop on the subject of these compliance interventions next month – details below.
If you have any colleagues who might be interested please advise them by forwarding a link to this blog. Anyone wanting to attend should reply directly to CCH please.
Enabling? Insulting? Inescapable? Avoidable?
Workshop including expert speakers and panel discussion
Chaired by Mark Lee (past chairman, ICAEW Tax Faculty)
Venue: Council Chamber, Chartered Accountants Hall, Moorgate EC2
Date & Time: Friday 8th September 2006, 9.30 start – ending with lunch.
9.30 – Chariman’s intro
9.40 – HMRC speakers
10.20 – Phil Berwick (head of Investigations at Tenon)
11.00 – coffee break
11.20 – Eamon McNicholas – Tax Barrister – the legal perspective
11.40 – Panel session including all speakers plus CCH reps
12.25 – Conclusion
12.30 – Buffet lunch
Cost: £ 55 per person (to include buffet lunch)
(If you are a CCH Fee Protection client you will receive a full refund of £55 per person against your next fee protection renewal)
Two representatives from HMRC will be amongst the speakers.
Full details and confirmation of speakers will be available from CCH in the next 10 days.
Places are limited and we expect interest to be high.
To arrange your place please call CCH on 0800 542 6648.