Justice costs – charge for Tribunal appeals
The government has proposed introducing fees for individuals appealing decisions to the tax tribunal as part of broader reforms to civil court funding.
As per the FT:
“The government is effectively selling justice by saying that you need to pay for the courts,” said Jonathan Smithers, the Law Society’s president.
To fight charges levied by one branch of government, you would have to pay another division of government . . . It leads to a feeling there’s a fairly heavy-handed state.”
Taxpayers can appeal to the first-tier tribunal, which is independent of government, when they dispute internal rulings made by HMRC.