Edition 2nd
Publication February 2022
Length 380pp approx
Suitable for Professional tax advisers
Price 85 (or see Bundles page)
ISBN 9781912386512

Taxpayer Safeguards


The second edition of this book will be published in February but may be ordered now, on its own or as part of the Taxpayer Protection bundle.

When trouble arises with HMRC, it is essential to know what rights clients have in standing up to any real or perceived unfairness. This book addresses in a practical manner the question of the safeguards that are available in particular circumstances. The book covers the whole spectrum of protections statutory, judicial, administrative, and so on setting these against the background of the rule of law. 
The impressive scope of this book ranges across HMRC powers generally, enquiries, reasonable excuse, appeals, human rights, double jeopardy, offshore matters, criminal offences, internal review, mediation, judicial review, the HMRC charter, vulnerable taxpayers, and much more.

Very timely in setting out the whole position in a clear and structured way.  from the Foreword by John Cullinane, CIOT tax policy director.

A really good book!  TAXline, October 2020.

Robin Williamson MBE, CTA (Fellow), MA (Oxon), solicitor is a very experienced tax author and is well known to tax practitioners. He has been a senior technical editor with CCH, technical director of the CIOT's Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, and senior policy adviser to the Office of Tax Simplification. Currently, Robin is an independent author and commentator in the fields of tax, welfare and public policy. Read more here.

The details below are from the fourth edition but these will be updated shortly before publication.

Contents include:

  • Ch. 1 - Introduction
  • Ch. 2 - Information and inspection powers
  • Ch. 3 - Assessments and self-assessment
  • Ch. 4 - Main penalty regimes
  • Ch. 5 - Post-2012 powers
  • Ch. 6 - Appeals, settlements and reviews
  • Ch. 7 - Administrative remedies
  • Ch. 8 - Tax and the rule of law
  • Appendix 1 - Overseas categories
  • Appendix 2 - HMRC powers and appropriate safeguards

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