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11(1)For section 31 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (right of appeal) substitute—

31 Appeals: right of appeal

(1)An appeal may be brought against—

(a)any amendment of a self-assessment under section 9C of this Act (amendment by Revenue during enquiry to prevent loss of tax),

(b)any conclusion stated or amendment made by a closure notice under section 28A or 28B of this Act (amendment by Revenue on completion of enquiry into return),

(c)any amendment of a partnership return under section 30B(1) of this Act (amendment by Revenue where loss of tax discovered), or

(d)any assessment to tax which is not a self-assessment.

(2)An appeal under subsection (1)(a) above against an amendment of a self-assessment made while an enquiry is in progress shall not be heard and determined until the enquiry is completed.

(3)A determination under section 9D or 12AE of this Act (choice between different Cases of Schedule D) may not be questioned on an appeal under this section.

(4)This section has effect subject to any express provision in the Taxes Acts, including in particular any provision making one kind of assessment conclusive in an appeal against another kind of assessment.

31A Appeals: notice of appeal

(1)Notice of an appeal under section 31 of this Act must be given—

(a)in writing,

(b)within 30 days after the specified date,

(c)to the relevant officer of the Board.

(2)In relation to an appeal under section 31(1)(a) or (c) of this Act—

(a)the specified date is the date on which the notice of amendment was issued, and

(b)the relevant officer of the Board is the officer by whom the notice of amendment was given.

(3)In relation to an appeal under section 31(1)(b) of this Act—

(a)the specified date is the date on which the closure notice was issued, and

(b)the relevant officer of the Board is the officer by whom the closure notice was given.

(4)In relation to an appeal under section 31(1)(d) of this Act—

(a)the specified date is the date on which the notice of assessment was issued, and

(b)the relevant officer of the Board is the officer by whom the notice of assessment was given.

(5)The notice of appeal must specify the grounds of appeal.

(6)On the hearing of the appeal the Commissioners may allow the appellant to put forward grounds not specified in the notice, and take them into consideration, if satisfied that the omission was not wilful or unreasonable.

31B Appeals: appeals to General Commissioners

(1)An appeal under section 31(1) of this Act shall be to the General Commissioners, subject to—

(a)section 31C of this Act (appeals to be brought to Special Commissioners),

(b)any provision made by or under Part 5 of this Act, and

(c)any other provision of the Taxes Acts providing for an appeal to be brought to the Special Commissioners to the exclusion of the General Commissioners.

(2)Subsection (1) above has effect subject to any election under section 31D of this Act (election to take appeal to Special Commissioners).

31C Appeals: appeals to Special Commissioners

(1)Unless the Special Commissioners otherwise direct, an appeal under section 31(1)(a), (b) or (c) of this Act shall be to the Special Commissioners if—

(a)the appeal relates to a return in relation to which notice of enquiry has been given under section 9A(1) or 12AC(1) of this Act, and

(b)notice has been given under section 28ZA of this Act referring a question relating to the subject-matter of that enquiry to the Special Commissioners.

This applies even if the notice of referral was subsequently withdrawn.

(2)An appeal under section 31(1)(d) of this Act (appeal against assessment other than self-assessment) shall be to the Special Commissioners if the assessment was made—

(a)by the Board, or

(b)under section 350 of the principal Act.

31D Appeals: election to bring appeal before Special Commissioners

(1)The appellant may elect (in accordance with section 46(1) of this Act) to bring before the Special Commissioners an appeal under section 31(1) of this Act that would otherwise be to the General Commissioners.

(2)Any such election above shall be disregarded if—

(a)the appellant and the inspector or other officer of the Board agree in writing, at any time before the determination of the appeal, that it is to be disregarded, or

(b)the General Commissioners have given a direction under subsection (5) below and have not revoked it.

(3)Where an election has been made under subsection (1) above, the inspector or other officer of the Board may refer the election to the General Commissioners.

(4)A reference under subsection (3) above must be made—

(a)after giving notice to the appellant, and

(b)before the determination of the appeal in respect of which the election has been made.

(5)On a reference under subsection (3) above the Commissioners shall, unless they are satisfied that the appellant has arguments to present or evidence to adduce on the merits of the appeal, direct that the election be disregarded.

(6)If at any time after giving a direction under subsection (5) above (but before the determination of the appeal) the General Commissioners are satisfied that the appellant has arguments to present or evidence to adduce on the merits of the appeal, they shall revoke the direction.

(7)A decision to give or revoke a direction under subsection (5) above shall be final..

(2)This paragraph applies in relation to—

(a)amendments of a self-assessment under section 9C of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (c. 9) as inserted by paragraph 4 of this Schedule,

(b)closure notices issued under section 28A(1) or 28B(1) of that Act as substituted by paragraphs 8 and 9 of this Schedule,

(c)amendments of partnership returns under section 30B(1) of that Act where notice of the amendment is issued after the passing of this Act, and

(d)assessments to tax which are not self-assessments where the notice of the assessment is issued after the passing of this Act.

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