Dear Editor, I am delighted to inform you that HMRC have committed themselves to repaying the VAT and interest dishonestly extracted from my club (Kingsley Park WMC, Northampton) and thousands of other like businesses in 2014.
After six years and one month of campaigning they have actually provided the killer punch upon themselves. In January 2020 The Upper Tribunal heard HMRC’s appeal to overturn the ruling of the First Tier Tribunal made in Rank’s favour in 2010. Reading the judgement it is clear that HMRC presentation was at best inept and at worst a frivolous waste of taxpayers’ money. With no equivocation the appeal was dismissed.
Rank have reported that they have already received over £25m based on that judgement and the thousands of other less powerful businesses can now demand equal treatment.
Throughout my campaign HMRC have proven themselves to be the supreme masters of Machiavellian manipulation of the truth. They have ignored me; they have complimented me; they have insulted me and they have given me directly contradictory answers.
The two independent watchdogs have acted as HMRC lapdogs; acknowledging but giving no credence to one of the main lies that enabled HMRC to fulfil their dishonest ends.
I have had no financial support. I have had no moral support other than from a man I am pleased to call a friend; Ian Spencer a VAT consultant, and the bodies representing many of these businesses have not even answered my correspondence. Coinslot and Northampton Chronicle and Echo have given much needed oxygen to my campaign for which I am most grateful. I have come up against every formal barrier and fought on regardless in the belief that the truth will out. It has!!
My only prayer now is that every business still going will ensure they get their own money back and every representative body will give clear guidance on how to present their demands. I have deliberately not used the word “request,”
My job is now done.