As you may be aware, we are supporting the efforts of those who are lobbying against the measures contained in this year’s Finance Bill which will introduce Accelerated Payment Notices and allow HMRC to require payment of disputed tax upfront and before any arguments have been heard in the tax courts.
We are therefore asking every NTRT member, their partners, colleagues and as many people as possible, as a matter of urgency, to write to their MP over the course of the next few days and lobby them to support changes to the legislation which would have the effect of introducing an independent appeals process, and, more importantly, ensuring that Accelerated Payment Notices can only be issued for tax planning carried out after the legislation receives Royal Assent.
Follow this link to download a toolkit with a template letter which you should tailor and amend where appropriate, making it as bespoke as possible, and then send to your MP. It is crucial that as many people as possible write to their MPs over the course of the next week or so.
I understand that a lot of NTRT members have engaged in protracted correspondence with their MP and may be reluctant to do so again. However, it is vital for us to give this another big push – do be reassured that on this issue we have others on our side who are also lobbying against the introduction of further retrospective legislation and so we are part of a much bigger effort.
One you have written to your MP using this toolkit, please do let George Paterson at Whitehouse know by emailing him at email@example.com, and do let me know if you have any questions.
Alistair Cliff Renshaw
NTRT Campaign Chairman
T: 020 7138 3228
M: 07531 780 378
E: Carl Thomson at WhitehousingConsulting co uk
222 Southbank House, Black Prince Road, London, SE1 7SJ
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