A new pilot scheme to resolve disputes between small and medium-sized enterprises and the taxman has been launched.
The idea behind the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) initiative is to settle disputes without the need to go to a tribunal.
Under the terms of the scheme, independent facilitators will examine any differences of opinion during compliance checks. This will be done before a decision or assessment has been made.
The aim of ADR is to find a fair and quick outcome for both parties. The pilot, which follows a successful trial last year where 60 per cent of disputes were either fully or partially resolved, will take place in North Wales and the North West.