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Revenue in court over CIS delay

A CIVILS firm crippled by a 100-day wait for a CIS card has won the right to take HM Revenue & Customs to court.

The Revenue tried to wind up Barrow-in-Furness firm Neil Martin after claiming £220,000 in overdue tax payments at a High Court hearing last week.

But the bankruptcy registrar ruled that the order should be delayed until the outcome of Martin's legal challenge over Revenue delays in issuing a CIS 6 card.

Company owner Neil Martin waited 100 days for CIS documents in June 1999, causing the firm to run up overdrafts and lose contracts. The firm was turning over £4 million a year and employed 65 people but folded in 2001.

Mr Martin set up again as a sole trader but was again forced to wait 64 days for a CIS card in 2003.

He said that the Revenue should pay compensation for its blunders: 'It will cost a lot to fight this case but I am looking forward to my day in court.'

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