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    • josh587
    • By josh587 17th May 17, 8:45 PM
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    tax compliance check time limit
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    • 17th May 17, 8:45 PM
    tax compliance check time limit 17th May 17 at 8:45 PM
    hi i was wondering if anyone on here could give me some advice.
    i recieved a compliance check letter in feb asking for a bunch of stuff regarding my business, which i sent off a week later, i was told to wait until the information was reviewed and they contacted me back.

    the last date of correspondance from them was on the 14th last month, i was just wondering just how long i should be waiting for them to get back to me?

    any advice would be appreciated.
    Last edited by josh587; 17-05-2017 at 9:15 PM.
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    • chrismac1
    • By chrismac1 18th May 17, 11:42 AM
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    3 months or so is about par for the course.
    Hideous Muddles from Right Charlies
    • josh587
    • By josh587 18th May 17, 1:30 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 1:30 PM
    do you mean 3 months from the date they opened the case? or 3 months from the last correspondance date?
    • Pennywise
    • By Pennywise 18th May 17, 1:37 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 1:37 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 1:37 PM
    They typically take a couple of months to reply to each bit of correspondence. Sometimes a lot quicker, sometimes a lot slower. Really depends on the person dealing with it at their end.
    • chrismac1
    • By chrismac1 18th May 17, 1:50 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 1:50 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 1:50 PM
    From when you post a letter you can expect a reply on or around 90 days. Note that the reply will typically be dated 10 to 14 days before you physically receive it, it will sit in the HMRC postroom for over a week before anyone can be arrrsed to post it.
    Hideous Muddles from Right Charlies
    • josh587
    • By josh587 18th May 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 3:47 PM
    thanks, its been over one month already.
    Should i just wait for them to get back to me or should i be proactive and contact them and see whats happening regarding my case, if it goes passed the 3 month mark since the last date they contacted me?
    • Pennywise
    • By Pennywise 18th May 17, 4:21 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:21 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:21 PM
    if it goes passed the 3 month mark since the last date they contacted me?
    Originally posted by josh587
    Doesn't matter when they first contacted you. Their "clock" for replying re-sets for each stage, so if they have a target of 6 weeks to reply to a letter, it's 6 weeks from every letter you send them. Tax enquiries/compliance checks can drag on a very long time. If you've had no reply within a couple of months of sending them your reply, then it's time to chase.
    • josh587
    • By josh587 18th May 17, 7:33 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 7:33 PM
    im aware that sometimes officers get moved around departments, would this have any effect on my case? or will they still definitley be contacting me back within the time limit as you stated.

    its been one month now since last correspondance, and ive not heard anything back, do you suggest i wait another 2 months before contacting them to see whats going on with my case?

    thanks
    • dori2o
    • By dori2o 18th May 17, 10:58 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 10:58 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 10:58 PM
    From when you post a letter you can expect a reply on or around 90 days. Note that the reply will typically be dated 10 to 14 days before you physically receive it, it will sit in the HMRC postroom for over a week before anyone can be arrrsed to post it.
    Originally posted by chrismac1
    Considering written letters no longer go through post rooms your comment is complete and utter rubbish, but thats nothing new.
    To equate judgement and wisdom with occupation is at best . . . insulting.
    • chrismac1
    • By chrismac1 19th May 17, 3:42 AM
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    On average if a letter from HMRC is dated 18 May 2017 you will receive it on 30 May 2017. This is a national phenomenom commented on by many tax agents not just me.

    It is presumed that such letters are printed and just sit around somewhere in HMRC until someone can get off their fat backside and post them. Whether technically that room is the post room, the toilet or just the entrance hall I could not say.
    Hideous Muddles from Right Charlies
    • dori2o
    • By dori2o 19th May 17, 8:23 AM
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    On average if a letter from HMRC is dated 18 May 2017 you will receive it on 30 May 2017. This is a national phenomenom commented on by many tax agents not just me.

    It is presumed that such letters are printed and just sit around somewhere in HMRC until someone can get off their fat backside and post them. Whether technically that room is the post room, the toilet or just the entrance hall I could not say.
    Originally posted by chrismac1
    All written letters are issued by an automated process.

    They are no longer manually printed and put in envelopes by hand, the automated process means all letters are automatically printed, packaged and batched from one central location, they are then collected by RM and enter their processing systems and delivered within RM's 2nd class post timescales which can be upto 15 working days.
    To equate judgement and wisdom with occupation is at best . . . insulting.
    • chrismac1
    • By chrismac1 19th May 17, 8:37 AM
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    It's funny how all the other letters I get via RM arrive within 2 days of the date on the letter, but not HMRC. No doubt some alien invaders have infested the handover between HMRC and RM, and no doubt this is 100% the fault of RM.
    Hideous Muddles from Right Charlies
    • eeka peeka
    • By eeka peeka 19th May 17, 3:54 PM
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    All written letters are issued by an automated process.
    Not true, many officers never use the Central Printing Service. Posted letters usually take 4 days for 1st class and up to 12 days for second class
    • Wayne O Mac
    • By Wayne O Mac 19th May 17, 9:05 PM
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    It is presumed that such letters are printed and just sit around somewhere in HMRC until someone can get off their fat backside and post them.
    Originally posted by chrismac1
    Classy as ever.
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