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Rangers visited by HMRC over disputed tax bill

Ibrox stadium
Image caption Rangers are currently being pursued by HMRC over tax payments

HMRC officials have visited Ibrox football ground to deliver further paperwork related to Rangers' disputed £2.8m tax bill.

In response to rumours, the club denied the tax authorities planned to freeze bank assets in pursuit of the money.

Some of the bill has already been paid, but Rangers dispute part of it and talks to find a compromise are ongoing.

The BBC understands that Rangers is frustrated that despite this, HMRC has continued trying to recoup the money.

Sheriff officers visited Ibrox three weeks ago, and the latest visit was the next stage in the tax authorities' attempt to retrieve the money.

A spokesman for the club has previously raised concerns that people involved in the process appear to be leaking confidential business discussions to the public.

The tax liability, which dates back 12 years, was uncovered during the due diligence period that preceded Craig Whyte's eventual takeover of the club.

In addition to the £2.8m, there is also a fine of £1.4m, which is also being disputed by Rangers.

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