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HMRC refuses a time to pay deal so surely they will refuse a CVA too?

This is a question we come across all the time!

When you have been talking to the enforcement department their primary objective is to collect 100% of the tax owed. This is their role. If they cannot collect 100% then they will take all necessary action to collect arrears of taxes and this could eventually result in them issuing a winding up petition if they don't succeed in getting payment.

Many companies do not pay the tax they owe because would rather use the cash to fund cashflow and the tax office is pushed down the list of priorities. As tax payers it is reasonable to expect the HMRC to be tough on these companies! Remember if this is a debate you are having then the company is probably insolvent and you must act fast. Take the online Insolvency Test here

So the HMRC collection and Enforcement process is robust and so it should be. Often HMRC will agree a time to pay deal for tax arrears and this can be a real life saver for SME companies. If this is abused, or the ongoing new tax payments fall behind, or the TTP scheme just falls down we now see HMRC taking fast action to recover the WHOLE debt.

As a company voluntary arrangement is a formal insolvency process the "case" is then taken out of the hands of the enforcement department and is referred to the Voluntary Arrangement Service or VAS. Effectively as 100% collection is now unlikely, VAS has to judge whether a CVA is a fit fair and feasible alternative to winding up. Note the last line of the aims of the VAS as published on the HMRC website. They WANT to help rescue viable companies!

But they need to see a viable plan for the company so that they are satisfied that tax revenues can be restored. It is putting this plan together, overseen by our CVA experts with hundreds of CVAs behind them that we can help you with. We talk to the VAS almost every day.

So the answer to the question is this, VAS can agree a compromise of the debts and a partial write off of taxes owed, if the CVA is well structured, whereas the collectors and enforcement CANNOT.

For more details on the CVA process please visit this page our page on detailed CVA


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