Following a little digging around, The VAT Consultancy has helped a client reduce a default surcharge liability of more then £30k to below £5k – all from having a received a request for assistance with a time to pay application!
Rather than simply respond to the initial request we explored how the debt had accrued and reviewed the background to a series of default surcharge liabilities. There were a series of errors, oversights and anomalies and a number of the surcharges were appealed to the Tribunal. One of the Surcharge Liability Notices had not been received and another period was considered to have a reasonable excuse, following the demise of a major customer, requiring the client to arrange temporary re-financing terms. A further surcharge was appealed on the basis of it being disproportionate.
With the surcharges removed from some periods and the applicable rates reduced in others, the remaining liability was slashed.