Some common key elements that HMRC will give the highest consideration to before agreeing to a TTP are:
- Compliance record – HMRC will look at the recent record of repaying and paying due tax within the past 12 months. If a business is lax or regularly defaults then it’s unlikely that HMRC will support an arrangement if they aren’t even trying
- Communications – How often have they been in touch with HMRC about these issues? If they have kept these channels open at all stages then this will be more beneficial to their case than if a TTP request is the first HMRC have heard of any difficulties
- Truth and trust – It’s often taken for granted that a business should be honest and accurate in its representations to HMRC but to reiterate this point – any false statements or under declarations of assets or income will see any proposal rejected out of hand
- Clarity – a clear, explanatory narrative that explains what has happened to lead to the situation and what steps will be taken to spur future growth and avoid future defaults
- Evidence – genuine clear financial statements and information including profit & loss accounts, balance sheets and cash flow projections will be far more compelling than promises. This could also include letters of support from their accountants and/or any potential future investors to testify to the accuracy of these statements and assuage fears about future funding shortfalls
Realism – understand that this is a one-time, special offer deal that will not be repeated so make absolutely sure that the proposal is realistic and deliverable.
If you are behind on your tax payments or are about to be then we can help if you need to negotiate a solution with HMRC – which is always better than waiting for them to contact you.
Get in touch with us today to arrange a free discussion and we will give you our unbiased, expert opinion on your available options and likely success.
The earlier in the process, the better as you will generally have more room to manoeuvre at the start of any negotiations and procedures than later.