Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.
Have you appealed the decision yet please?
Yes, there response was if I have nothing else to add to what I had already said, the amount must be returned. Thank you.
Ok - that is a re-consideration.
Must write formally and use the words appeal
You do have a limited time to do that/
Once the appeal process is in place then it will be sent to a Social Security Tribunal
That Tribunal will decide whether you have been overpaid for not
But this is independent of HMRC
You have a right to appeal, but a limited time
If the appeal fails or you are out of time then you owe the money and you can't do anything
Even if they took you to Court, you would lose, a Court has no discretion to go behind the overpayment decision
But write and ask formally to APPEAL - you have this right
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I will repeat to them what I have already said and just say that I am appealing against the decision.