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Blues defend tax position

11 February 2010 02:12
Southend United gained a 28-day adjournment to a winding-up order served by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on Wednesday. The Shrimpers are being challenged for a sum of around £200,000, although the Roots Hall club dispute the outstanding sum, having already paid off more than £2million late last year. A club statement read: "Supporters are aware that, following the payment of £2.15million to HMRC in November last year and on analysis of the sums, the club disputed the amount paid by circa £200,000. "This became the subject of further, we believe wholly unnecessary, action by HMRC with them serving a Petition around Christmas and the club submitting an Appeal to the Tribunals Service with a cross claim. "This issue will hopefully be settled in the club's favour - in the short term - and in the meantime the club continues to make payments on the dates as they fall due."

Source: ESA