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Hi - Background: I forwarded tax monies to my agent

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I forwarded tax monies to my agent to be forwarded to HMRC. 17.5K

Agent did not forward the monies within the stipulated time period. Further he misled HMRC and misled me.

Told HMRC that i had gone overseas to attend a serious family matter and will be back after 3 months and he will collect monies from me thereafter and pay HMRC.

Told me a completely different story that monies had been hacked from his account and his bank are dealing with the matter.

Thereafter provided a letter to me and to HMRC undertaking responsibility to clear the debt and stating that his account had been hacked and monies were stolen from his account.

I would presume this undertaking is an estoppel in legal terms and makes him legally bound to settle the debt with HMRC. Please advise. Thanks - P
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alex J. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question and welcome to Just Answer.

Have HMRC said they will accept this?

I do not think this is a case of Estoppel. HMRC won't be estopped from claiming against you because they did not make any representations to your detrimental reliance.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards