Doncaster Rovers FC in the HMRC winding-up firing line

In a recent development, League Two side Doncaster Rovers FC has confirmed to the BBC that they are facing a winding-up petition from His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [HMRC]. This petition apparently arises from an unfortunate “administrative error” resulting in the late payment of taxes. HMRC do not comment about taxpayer affairs.

According to information obtained by BBC Sport, the issue stemmed from a payment that was mistakenly directed to the wrong department, leading to the petition from HMRC. However, Doncaster Rovers remains optimistic that this matter will be swiftly resolved, potentially by the end of this week. Doncaster previously had a HMRC petition reportedly issued by mistake last year.

HMRC Winding-up Petitions on the Rise in 2023

This incident sheds light on HMRC’s increasingly stringent stance towards outstanding payments by football clubs. Notably, Wigan is scheduled to appear in court on 26 July in relation to unpaid tax bills. Additionally, Derby County, under the ownership of David Clowes since last July, faced a staggering £36 million debt when he assumed control after the club’s nine-month stint in administration.

The number of registered company insolvencies in May 2023 was 2,552, 40% higher than in the same month in the previous year (1,825 in May 2022). This was higher than levels seen while the Government support measures were in place in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and also higher than pre-pandemic numbers. There were 189 compulsory liquidations in May 2023, 34% higher than in May 2022. Numbers of compulsory liquidations have increased from historical lows seen during the coronavirus pandemic, partly as a result of an increase in winding-up petitions presented by HMRC.

The Insolvency Service – Monthly Insolvency Statistics, published on 16 June 2023

Given the recent surge in winding-up petitions issued by HMRC, it is crucial for individuals and businesses to seek expert legal advice to navigate such challenging circumstances effectively. If you find yourself facing a winding-up petition or have concerns regarding tax obligations, consulting with a knowledgeable solicitor can provide invaluable guidance and assistance.

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