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Saturday, July 23, 2011
HMRC have appointed ten debt collection agencies to pursue tax arrears. This follows a successful trial last year. The agencies will be charged with collecting about £1bn in taxes.
Given that the agencies will only be paid on the amount that they collect it is likely they will be somewhat more forceful than HMRC. This is going to be an added pressure on businesses. The agencies appointed are being charged with collecting older and smaller debts allowing HMRC to focus on the bigger ones. It demonstrates that HMRC are becoming increasingly more serious about the need to collect VAT and PAYE arrears.
The collection agencies appointed are as follows;
Advantis Credit, Apex Credit, Close Credit Management, Clanchatton, Hillesden, Fredrickson International and Rossendales, Commercial Collection Services, Fairfax Solicitors and iQor Recovery Services.
The procees will be that HMRC will send a letter out prior to referring the debt to the collection agency. We strongly advise that any business that receives this letter should contact the HMRC and try and agree payment terms as quickly as possible. Payment terms may not be able to be agreed with the agency.
It is also critical that businesses seek help quickly from specialist firms such as KSA Group, who have a wealth of experience, and understand the processes within HMRC. If a payment deal cannot be reached there are often other options available if you act quickly, including a Company Voluntary Arrangement ("CVA"). At Insight Associates we have been working with one company that recently very successfully completed a full five year CVA from KSA!