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Patrick Cannon reports on a current practical problem area in SDLT which is causing considerable frustration for taxpayers and advisers and also offers some insights into responding to HMRC SDLT enquiries
COP 10s and request for guidance
A recurring theme at the moment is the apparent inability of HMRC to deal effectively with technical issues in the context of requests for guidance. A related problem is the discarding of detailed covering letters accompanying SDLT returns sent to Birmingham Stamp Office which explain why the SDLT return has been completed in the way it has resulting in that information being ignored when processing the return and unnecessary further correspondence.
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