£700 Fee to Appeal to the Tax Tribunal – a Discriminatory c.20% Appeal Tax ?

The government want to charge £700 for an appeal hearing at the First-Tier Tax Tribunal. In a “Court & Tribunal fees“ Cm 9123, July/15, the government proposes to charge taxpayers £200 to lodge an appeal plus £500 for the hearing for standard cases. Charges for complex case or appeal the to Upper Tribunal would be even more. For a small business appealing a government tax charge of say £3,500 that £700 is like a circa 20% tax on appealing a government tax decision. Whether the proposed charges would breach European law (taxing a tax appeal, especially VAT) or contravene equalities law (discrimination as disproportionately unfair to certain groups) is yet to be seen. Responses have to be made to the Ministry of Justice by mid-September. Link to the proposal :-

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant

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