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Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999

Section 12: exercise of appeal right

184.Section 12 adapts material in section 31 TMA on appeals. The intention is to align the procedures as far as practicable with those for tax appeals. So tax practitioners, and the tax appeal Commissioners themselves, should be able to follow familiar processes in handling these new areas of work. Parties to appeals against Inland Revenue decisions - whether on tax, contributions, SSP or SMP - also would face only a single set of tribunal deadlines and procedures.

185.Section 12(1) adopts the 30 day appeal deadline in section 31(1) TMA. Section 12(2) mirrors section 31(2)'s requirement that the appeal is to be made to the officer who made the decision. Section 12(3) follows section 31(5) in giving the appellant the opportunity to raise additional grounds before the tribunal to those specified in his appeal. Section 12(4) follows section 31(4) TMA in putting appeals to the General Commissioners (a local lay tribunal) unless the appellant elects to go the Special Commissioners (a national tribunal whose members are legally qualified). Section 12(5) brings in provisions in the TMA governing the circumstances in which an appellant's election to go to the Special Commissioners may be withdrawn by agreement with the Inland Revenue, or set aside by the General Commissioners.

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