Hartlepool United avoid High Court action after tax error

Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United
Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United
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Hartlepool United avoided a move by the taxman to try to wind the club up over a tax debt after an accounting error.

A petition for a winding up order by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs was listed in London’s High Court on Monday.

It wasn’t due to a lack of funds. We changed our internal accounting software and there was an error on the system.

Gary Coxall, Hartlepool United chairman

But the petition was quickly dismissed by the judge after the court heard that club had already paid the money owed which it blamed on an accounting software error.

Insolvency judge, Mr Registrar Stephen Baister, agreed to dismiss the petition after being told by Catherine Addy counsel for HM Revenue and Customs: “The debt and costs have been paid in full.”

The club said the debt was paid as soon as it was brought to their attention but the court up process had already been started.

Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall said: “We changed our internal accounting software and there was an error on the system.

“It wasn’t due to a lack of funds. It was purely our records showed differently to their records.

“According to their records there had been an underpayment. Once it was brought to our attention we had it paid. It was settled in a couple of days.

“It went to the High Court but only to be dismissed.”

Mr Coxall said the amount involved was “minimal”.

Recruitment firm JPNG became the new owners of Pools a year ago after taking over from IOR.

They confirmed the club was debt free and at last month’s annual awards Mr Coxall spoke of JPNG’s big plans for the club for the coming season.