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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

Pre-enforcement: Linking direct and indirect taxes: Definition

Definition of ‘linking debts’

‘Linking debts’ means that all debts for the same debtor, across all heads of duty for both direct and indirect taxes are cross-referenced or otherwise suitably noted.

This is to ensure that the whole of a taxpayer’s debt is included in a single recovery action as often as possible.

Where it is not possible to include all debts in the same enforcement action follow the Quality Gateway guidance DMBM605100.