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Terms & Conditions

These are the Terms and Conditions that govern your Contract with Direct Redress Limited. In these Terms:

  • we” “our” and “us” refers to Direct Redress Limited. We set out our contact details in section 14.
  • you” and “your” refers to any person who has accepted these Terms.

Please read these Terms carefully.

Definitions

HMRC – HM Revenue & Customs

Deed of Assignment – is the form that transfers to us the right to receive all refunds from HMRC on your behalf for the tax years to be claimed, as specified in your application.

PAYE (Pay As You Earn) Claims – are the areas of tax claim/relief where we are able to represent you – Marriage Tax Allowance, Working from Home, Uniform Allowance and PPI Tax Refund.

Tax Agent – is someone who deals with HMRC on your behalf.

Tax Agent Authority – is the official HMRC 64-8 form that authorises us to act as your Tax Agent that we submit to HMRC with your claim application.

Welcome Pack – is documentation that includes a Welcome Letter and copies of the Tax Agent Authority and the Deed of Assignment e-signed during your online application.

Services – are the services we will undertake (including the submission of a Tax Agent Authority or Claim Form to HMRC) and tax agent services as specified under PAYE Claims.

Cooling Off Period – is the 14 day period following submission of your online application where you are able to cancel your contract with Direct Redress Limited without any financial penalty.

Confirmation – is the action that forms a contract between both parties

1. Contract

1.1 A contract will be created upon safe receipt of your application following your online submission where you have confirmed you have read and agreed to our Terms.

1.2 Upon the completion of a Contract, both you and we will be bound by these Terms and we will commence the relevant processes outlined in section 2.

2. PAYE (Pay As Your Earn) Claims

2.1 Following an application completion we will automatically generate a Welcome Pack and send you a digital and a physical copy of this using the details provided in your application.

2.2 We will use your completed digital Welcome Pack to initiate your Tax Refund claim.

2.3 You must review the posted Welcome Pack upon receipt, update your personal details (where applicable) then sign and return to us.

2.4 We will submit your Claim if it satisfies our initial assessment. Our submission of your Claim is not a guarantee of a Refund or a specific Refund amount.

2.5 If we decide not to submit your Claim, we may write to you and inform you of our decision. A decision not to submit your Claim is not indicative of any potential outcome should you choose to submit it independently.

2.6 For Work From Home tax relief claims only one claim can be made per taxpayer to HMRC for the tax years 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22. Our standard claims are based on the HMRC rates and will not take into account any additional expenses. Our enhanced claims are based on your additional expenses incurred while working from home and HMRC will require supporting documents.

3. The Tax Agent Authority

3.1 If you sign the Tax Agent Authority, we:

i. Will act as your sole Tax Agent until the Tax Agent Authority is replaced or removed.
ii. Will receive and process correspondence regarding your tax details from HMRC.
iii. Will correspond with HMRC on your behalf to resolve issues related to your Claim.

3.2 Termination of the Tax Agent Authority:

i. You may, at any time, terminate or request that we terminate the Tax Agent Authority. However, this may affect our ability to manage your Claim(s) as we will no longer be able to communicate with HMRC to discuss your Claim(s) and address any issues that may arise. Please refer to section 9 for our cancellation policy.
ii. You may be charged an administration fee of £60 (including VAT) for work conducted to the point where a claim is cancelled after the 14 day cooling off period but before your claim(s) with HMRC have concluded.

4. Your Acknowledgements and Responsibilities

4.1 You acknowledge that at the time of entering and for the duration of the Contract with us:

i. You wish for us to perform the Services as detailed in your application.
ii. You are not aware of any reason you cannot enter the Contract with Direct Redress Limited.
iii. All information you provide to us is true, accurate, and complete.
iv. You are solely responsible for verifying your eligibility for any expenses or allowances detailed in a Claim.
v. Your Claim includes a general claim to HMRC for any overpayment of tax in the Claim Period, in addition to any specific expenses you may be claiming.
vi. By signing the digital application, you consent to our pursuit of your Claim.

4.2 If any of your personal details change, you must inform us without undue delay. You acknowledge that failing to do so may affect your Refund or our ability to make payments to you.

4.3 We ask that you provide any and all relevant information we may request without delay, including proofs of identity and address should they be required.

4.4 You may adversely affect or delay your Claim by appointing another Tax Agent to act on your behalf or by contacting HMRC directly to request any Refund related to your Claim. You may be charged an administration fee of £60 (including VAT) for work conducted to the point of Agent transfer.

5. Our Responsibilities

5.1 We will assess your claim and, if appropriate, pursue a claim for the Tax Refund on your behalf.

5.2 We will not pursue your claim if our assessment deems it to be invalid. For example, if we identify a claim of the same type has previously been submitted to HMRC.

5.3 We will deal with all aspects of your Claim including all correspondence. On occasion it may be necessary for us to obtain further signed documentation from you to make this possible.

5.4 We will inform you of all and any offers of a Tax Refund that we receive.

5.5 We will always act in your best interests when pursuing your claim with reasonable care and skill.

5.6 We only claim overpaid tax in the UK, and we assume no responsibility for any of your tax obligations in other jurisdictions.

5.7 We may undertake financial crime checks relating to you or your Claim. If you or your Claim fail any such check, we may seek more information from you. We may be unable to perform the Services until you successfully pass these checks.

5.8 We take no responsibility to return documents that you submit in support of your Claim. Please send photocopies only and refrain from sending original pieces of correspondence. Refer to our Data Retention Policy for more information on how we will process your documents.

5.9 We are not responsible for any tax assessment or debt that HMRC may pursue as a result of your Claim.

5.10 We offer an execution only service and do not provide tax advice of any sort.

6. Fees

6.1 If you are due a Refund, we will charge you a fee that is the greater of:

(a) 30% (plus VAT) (which is 36% at the current rate of VAT) of your Refund; or
(b) £35 (plus VAT), which is £42 at the current rate of VAT.

6.2 If the value of your Refund is less than £42 we will limit our Fees to the value of your Refund.

6.3 If you are not due a Refund, we will not charge a fee for the Services.

6.4 If we receive on your behalf more than one Refund in a 12-month period (from 6th April to 5th April), we will calculate our Fees based on the cumulative value of your Refunds received in that time.

6.5 If HMRC sends a Refund directly to us we will deduct our Fees and send you a cheque for the balance of your Refund to the address provided in your application.

6.6 If HMRC incorrectly sends a Refund directly to you or a third party, we will contact HMRC and ask that the Refund is reissued to us in accordance with the Deed of Assignment or send you an invoice for our Fees.

6.7 Fees will still apply to any Claim that has concluded and resulted in a Refund should a cancellation or termination instruction be received after the date of conclusion.

6.8 If HMRC sends us a payment unrelated to our Claim, for example a refund of overpaid Income Tax on your salary for the Tax Year, we will send you a cheque for that payment less an administration fee of £60 (including VAT) to cover our costs in processing your payment.

6.9 If you request a replacement payment, we will cancel the original cheque (if issued) and reissue the payment to you. This may be subject to an administration fee of up to £36 (including VAT) to cover our costs including bank charges.

6.10 We may take steps, including but not limited to legal action, to recover any unpaid Fees. This may include deducting any outstanding Fees from future Refunds received from HMRC on your behalf.

6.11 We may perform security checks, including verifying your identity and/or the identity of any nominated recipients, before making a payment.

6.12 You have 12 months from the date we issue a cheque to notify us in writing of any issues relating to your Refund or request a replacement cheque. If you fail to contact us within that time, we may be unable to review your issue or reissue a cheque.

7. Our Liability

7.1 If we fail to comply with these Terms, we will be responsible for reasonable loss or damage which you suffer if it is a foreseeable result of that failure. Loss or damage is foreseeable if either it is obvious that it will happen or if both parties knew it was a reasonable possibility when they entered the Contract.

7.2 We will have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity related to our Services.

7.3 We accept no liability for any consequential damage or loss arising from or in connection with any act or omission by us.

7.4 Notwithstanding Paragraphs 7.2 and 7.3 above and 7.5 below, we do not seek to exclude or limit our liability where such liability cannot be excluded or limited by law.

7.5 Subject to Paragraph 7.4, our total liability for any claim you have against us in connection with the Contract or otherwise (e.g. tort, misrepresentation, or restitution) shall in all circumstances be limited to the greater of:

i. £500; or
ii. The amount of your Refund.

8. Data Protection

8.1 Information and documentation you provide to us to enable us to perform the Services may constitute personal data under the Data Protection Act 2018. We will comply with the law as applicable.

8.2 We may pass your personal data to HMRC to perform the Services or to the extent we are legally obliged to do so.

8.3 We refer you to our Privacy Policy on the Website, in which we set out how we process your personal data, and how you may contact us regarding our processing.

9. Cancellation and Termination

9.1 The Contract automatically terminates following the conclusion of any and all claims held with HMRC identified as a result of our submission(s) on your behalf.

9.2 You have the right to cancel the Contract in any circumstances without any penalty or fees during the 14 day Cooling-Off Period.

9.3 If you request to cancel the Contract after the Cooling-Off Period, we will terminate the Contract providing no offer of refund has been issued or received.  You may be charged an administration fee of £60 (including VAT) for work conducted to the point where a claim is cancelled after the 14 day cooling off period but before your claim(s) with HMRC have concluded.

9.4 Any request to cancel or terminate the contract must be made either in writing and sent to us or by email to info@directredress.com

9.5 We reserve the right to terminate the Contract at any time by giving you notice in writing, if:

i. We discover or reasonably believe that you are using the Services fraudulently or with the intent to commit fraud or any other illegal activity.
ii. We discover or reasonably believe that a court in England or any other part of the United Kingdom has convicted you of a crime other than a motoring offence.
iii. We discover that you have breached any of the Terms of the Contract.
iv. You fail a financial crime check that we may perform on you or your Claim.
v. You refuse to assist us in performing the Services whether or not this constitutes a breach of section 4.
vi. You threaten or abuse any member or associate of Direct Redress Limited.

10. Survival Clauses

10.1 Each of the paragraphs in these Terms operates independently. If a court or relevant authority deems any of them unlawful, the remaining clauses will remain in full force and effect.
10.2 Paragraphs that survive termination of the Contract: 3 (Tax Agent Authority), 6 (Fees), 7 (Liability), 8 (Data Protection), 10 (Survival Clauses), 11 (Entire Agreement), 12 (Jurisdiction) and 13 (Complaints and Your Legal Rights) survive the termination of the Contract for whatever reason. The termination of the Contract does not prejudice any rights or remedies that were available to either party prior to the termination of the Contract.

11. Entire Agreement

11.1 These Terms constitute the entire agreement between the parties and supersede all previous versions, as well as any other written or oral agreements, arrangements, and understandings regarding their subject matter.

11.2 If we fail to insist that you perform any of your obligations under the Contract, or if we do not enforce our rights against you, or if we delay in doing so, that will not mean that we have waived our rights against you and will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If we ever do actually waive our rights because you have or haven’t done something, we will only ever do this in writing (and that does not mean that we will automatically waive our rights if you do something wrong later).

12. Jurisdiction

12.1 These Terms and the Contract are governed by English law. Both parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

13. Complaints and Your Legal Rights

13.1 Nothing in these Terms will affect your consumer rights. You can contact your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau or the Trading Standards’ office for further information about your consumer rights.

13.2 If you are unhappy with the Services, you have the right to make a complaint. Please see Paragraph 14 for our contact details.

13.3 If you are unhappy with how we have handled your complaint, you can contact an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider. However, we are not obliged to engage in any such ADR. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of any ADR process, this will not affect your right to bring legal proceedings.

14. Our Contact Details

14.1 We are Direct Redress Limited.

i. We are a company registered in England with number 07489855.
ii. Our registered office and correspondence address is Booths Park 5, Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8GS.
iii. Our registered VAT number is 128 2850 12.

14.2 If you wish to contact us, or exercise your rights or obligations under these Terms to provide us with written notice, you can contact us by e-mail at info@directredress.com, or by post to Direct Redress Limited at Booths Park 5, Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8GS

14.3 If we have to contact you or give you notice in writing, we will do so by e-mail or by post to the address you provide to us in the Application (or any other address you subsequently provide to us).