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Special commissioners rule part in favour of HMRC, but retailer says it will go to High Court

DSGi to appeal in tax row

DSGi has vowed to appeal to the High Court in its tax row with HM Revenues and Customs, regarding certain intra-group trading arrangements between 1997 and 2005.

The special commissioners overseeing the tribunal ruled on Friday partly in favour of HMRC, but have yet to define the exact figures to each party. However, DSGi has said it believes that its case is strong and has said that it expects to appeal to the High Court against the decision.

The retail group has stressed that it does not believe that it will be affected adversely by the ruling, but said that due to the complexity of having to work out the amount of tax implicit in the special commissioners’ decision, it couldn’t put a number on the ruling.

DSGi claimed that it has an income tax receivable of £58.8m on its balance sheet, representing tax it has paid in excess of what is due.

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