Hello, thank you for your response. The bullying you refer to began in 2008 and is still going on. In 2008 my new accounts team made a series of voluntary disclosures about errors made by the previous accounts staff. HMRC carried out both CIS and VAT audits at our offices at that time. The VAT element meant that the company had under-claimed over 300k. The VAT officer responsible for our case audited everything and signed off 240k of the refund, but the CIS department refused to correct their over-claim and nearly drove us into the ground during that year. When my new head of accounts took over (the outgoing one couldn't cope with the pressure), HMRC promptly went back on much of what they had previously confimed. When my head of accounts tried to get hold of the balance of the VAT reclaim in 2009, she was told it was time barred however from what I can see, it was not time barred when the previous head of accounts had contacted HMRC and made the voluntary disclosures. This previous head of accounts also spent from May 2008 to October 2008 trying to get HMRC to explain where they had put payments that the company had made that they had mis-allocated. Including allocating a 5k payment to another company of mine that was dormant, despite the payment clearly coming from the other company and including the correct PAYE reference. They had mis-allocated a payment of 112k that she had written repeatedly to them about to establish what penalties and interest had been charged due to the mis-allocation, which she, quite correctly, wanted HMRC to repay. They have continued in this way ever since. Every time, there has been a demand it has been accompanied by a 7-day notice. Almost every request for clarification has been met with misdirection. As I mentioned in my previous note, the chap I ended up dealing with back in 2009/10 that finally (thanks to the intervention by Deloittes) corrected the overstated claim, corrected the interest and then finalised the amount in the Petition which I then paid, confirmed the amount was correct as did their solicitor. In 2011 a woman from his department with whom we had been corresponding regarding the matter, appeared on the scene claiming back interest from 2007 and 2009. My accountants sent her the letters that had been received upon payment at the time and she simply said that they had made a mistake and the 57k interest was to be paid or she would issue a 7 day notice. I am checking my records but I believe I paid it back in 2011 and then in November 2011 she issued a demand fo 1.197m with a similar threat of 7 day notice. The correct amount, which was eventually paid on the steps o the court in March 2013 was 501k!!! I say correct amount because heaven only knows what interest and penalties were incorrectly included. In 2010 I shuttered the company and left the UK because of ill health caused largely by the stress from HMRC. As soon as I left the UK they launched a COP9 investigation into me and my affairs. That was at the beginning of 2011. 4 years on and tens of thousands of pounds spent in accountancy fees and they have still not made any disclosure of what they thought I had done wrong. Yesterday I had a conversation with the woman who took over the COP9 last year (apparently, since I had not heard a word from anyone for over eight months), and she referred to the half million pound payment in 2013 saying it had not been allocated as my accountants had instructed! So two years on and not a word from HMRC to say how it was allocated, yet now conveniently they are chasing more interst and penalties on heaven knows what. As you can tell I am rather exhausted by it. I have had more experts involved than one can shake a stick at, but each one has only been trying to deal with the issue of the moment, i.e. either a particular over-claim, or a Winding Up Petition. No-one has ever looked back over the file to see the whole sorry saga, which I am now doing and can only surmise that it seems to have been a systematic effort to collect interest and penalties etc that they were not necessarily due.
Is this your speciality and if so, do you want to tell me the name of your firm so I can contact you?