Hi would appreciate some advice on the following matter which is creating a fair amount of stress.
For the past 2 x years I had been contracting using an umbrella company (Parasol). Because of the 24-month rule I considered the possibility of setting up my own Limited Company, and actually did so though their sister company (ClearSky accounting). Some time as the two year period was approaching I was offered and accepted a non-contract permanent role. Because of this I never did actually did trade through the Limited Company I set up, but continued to submit timesheets to my umbrella company until I started my new employment. With the cooperation of ClearSky I then closed down the company, business bankk account etc.
I have now received a demand for £326 from HMRC as I apparently had not submitted my VAT return. Ouch. My question is this - who is responsible here? I signed up for ClearSky's Assure Plan, on the understanding that it included completion of VAT returns, annual returns etc for a fix monthly fee. But heres the thing - I never actually made use of it, or submitted invoices through my limited company, but continued with the existing umbrella company until the end of my contract. No payments were made into the Assure plan either. It was a kind of a brief limbo period really.
Any advice or information on how I should be proceed would be much appreciated. I will contact ClearSky at the earliest opportunity. What is particularly unsettling is the bullying nature of the HMRC demand for payment - no contact number, or means of dispute, just a straightforward demand and noting else. I do not feel that I am at fault here.
Please let me know if you need any further information or clarification.