Football Management

Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of! Football Finance

Latest HMRC target

Posted by John Beech on November 6, 2009

HMRC’s increasingly active pursuit of recalcitrant football clubs has taken them to Wimborne in Dorset, where Wimborne Town play in the Wessex League Premier Division (1).  The club’s moment of glory was winning the FA Vase in 1992.

Debt to HMRC had been as high as £90,000, a very high level for a club at this level in the pyramid.  Incoming owners had reduced this to £70,000, and the debt is now down to £27,000.

Director Paul Miller has said that HMRC visited the club recently saying ‘we have come to shut you down’, but that a repayment plan has now been agreed.

The message to clubs at all levels in the pyramid can’t be clearer – pay your taxes and National Insurance or we will be on your back.  The days of ‘easy overdraft’ are over.


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