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The Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Act (Privileged Communications) Regulations 2015

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Procedure where information notice given in correspondence is in dispute

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5.—(1) The following procedure applies where there is a dispute falling within regulation 3(a).

(2) On receipt of the information notice, the taxpayer, third party or person acting on their behalf shall—

(a)by the date given in the notice for providing information or producing documents, specify in a list each document required under the information notice which is in dispute, with a description of the nature and contents of that document; and

(b)serve that list on Revenue Scotland.

(3) But no description of a document or type of document is required where such description would itself give rise to a dispute over privilege.

(4) Within twenty working days of receiving the list referred to in sub-paragraph (2), Revenue Scotland must notify the person who served the list of any documents on the list that it requires to be produced and which it considers are not privileged.

(5) On receipt of notification under paragraph (4), the taxpayer, third party or person acting on their behalf (unless he or she agrees that every document notified under paragraph (4) is not privileged) must make an application to the tribunal to consider and resolve the dispute and must include copies of the documents which remain in dispute with that application.

(6) The taxpayer, third party or person acting on their behalf shall provide Revenue Scotland with proof of service under paragraph (2)(b).

(7) Service for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b) must take place within a reasonable time to be agreed between the taxpayer, third party or person acting on their behalf and Revenue Scotland but in any event no later than twenty working days after the date given in the notice for providing information or producing documents.

(8) An application under paragraph (5) must be made within a reasonable time to be agreed between the taxpayer, third party or person acting on their behalf and Revenue Scotland but in any event no later than twenty working days after the date of the notification required under paragraph (4).

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