Holding tax agents to account

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Working with tax agents - the specific proposals by Rebecca Benneyworth - 08 Jun 2009.

In future when tax agents in the UK are shown to be negligent or incompetent:

HMRC would have to consider its relationship with the practitioner. Options for HMRC could include:

  • a requirement to put matters right for the past and the future plus
    • financial penalties, and/or
    • a report to a representative body, and/or
    • an appropriate period of monitoring.
  • a refusal to deal with the tax agent in future

Any financial penalties (whether resulting from careless or deliberate behaviour) could be fixed penalties, or up to a certain amount, or they could be linked to the tax at risk or the fee income or relevant turnover.


We're on our way to a Code of Conduct for Taxation.