Whitehaven RL avoid being wound up after paying tax debt

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Whitehaven RLFC chairman Tommy Todd
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Whitehaven RLFC chairman Tommy Todd

Whitehaven RLFC avoided being wound up at London's High Court after settling an undisclosed tax debt.

This is the second time in six months the town's rugby league club has been brought before the court over tax problems.

But Haven chairman Tommy Todd insisted there is no ongoing problem and the latest issue concerned a slight delay in payment.

"We missed the deadline by one day and they automatically put out a winding up petition," explained Mr Todd.

"It seems a little dramatic and we did pay the tax quite a while ago now.

"But this has to run its course and the order was withdrawn on the day at court."

Registrar Nicholas Briggs dismissed the winding up petition, brought by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, after being told that the debt had been paid in full.

Haven had to undergo a similar problem back in December last year when a petition was again brought against them by HMRC.

And at the time Mr Todd said the club did not owe any money to the taxman.

He said an administrative error found them at court where it was found that an undisclosed amount had already been paid in full.

Whitehaven now ply their trade in the Kingstone Press League 1, after being relegated from the Championship at the end of last season.

They are currently sitting second in the table, warding off Cumbrian rivals Barrow by one point, with Workington Town also in the same league.

This Sunday Haven will continue their league campaign with a match against Keighley at the Recreation Ground as they hope to clinch promotion at the first attempt.

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