Sometimes, the HMRC makes a tax decision you disagree with. If you think something is wrong, you have the ability to make an appeal. Here’s how to appeal a tax decision disagrees with you.
You can appeal some tax decisions regarding:
For a so-called “indirect tax” like VAT, customs duty or excise tax, you can request a review by the HMRC. You can also appeal directly to the tax tribunal.
The HMRC will send you a letter that says if you can appeal a tax decision. Typically, you’ll have 30 days to make your appeal, but there are some exceptions.
You typically will have to pay the costs of a tax decision appeal. The HMRC does let you delay paying the penalty fees or any tax you owe until resolution of the appeal.
The HMRC can make mistakes, and you don’t have to suffer for it.
The HMRC will also send you an appeal form with the decision letter. You can fill this out and send it back to the HMRC. You can also write to the HMRC at the same address the notice came from with your intentions to appeal.If you write the HMRC to appeal your tax decision, include:
You should also include any other information you think is relevant.
An appeal typically takes 45 days, but it may take longer in some circumstances. The HMRC will notify you if it expects the appeal decision to last longer.