South West Wales

Llanelli AFC fends off third 'winding up' in tax dispute

Welsh Premier football club Llanelli has fended off a third attempt is six months by the taxman to have it wound up at the High Court in London.

This time the club won a temporary 28 day reprieve to allow the debt to be paid in full - or for the club itself to seek liquidation.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had wanted to wind the club up immediately.

The club - eighth in the Welsh Premier - disputes the size of the tax debt.

Counsel Catherine Addy had pressed for a "usual compulsory order" winding up Llanelli AFC Ltd.

Negotiations

However, Lewis Preston, for the club said there was an "ongoing dispute" about the extent of the liability.

"Negotiations have been entered into with HMRC," he said.

"It relates to National Insurance contributions and we have sent the appropriate Paye information to them."

He said a director of the company had paid £3,000 to "ameliorate the position" and that the director has spoken to a liquidator in case a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) or Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)wais necessary.

Mr Preston asked for an adjournment to ascertain the size of the debt and pay it in full or allow a CVL or CVA to take place.

Two previous winding up petitions brought by HMRC were dismissed in September and November last year.

The club was formed in 1896 and was a founder member of the Welsh Premier League in 1992.

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