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Debbie Pierce
Charlie Mullins
Laura Tenison
David Pollock
Brian Hay
Michael Oliver
Jeremy Roberts
Steve Purdham
Tony Caldeira
Julie Meyer
Richard O'Sullivan
Jennie Johnson

Softly, softly

A new pilot scheme to resolve disputes between small and medium-sized enterprises and the taxman has been launched.

The idea behind the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) initiative is to settle disputes without the need to go to a tribunal.

Under the terms of the scheme, independent facilitators will examine any differences of opinion during compliance checks. This will be done before a decision or assessment has been made.

The aim of ADR is to find a fair and quick outcome for both parties. The pilot, which follows a successful trial last year where 60 per cent of disputes were either fully or partially resolved, will take place in North Wales and the North West.

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