HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
Dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have to endure the monumental shambles that is HMRC.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

HMRC's £5.6BN Planned Smash and Grab

Despite the silky smooth assurances of Gauke and HMRC that the plans for DRD would only affect recalcitrant tax debtors, it seems that (as noted yesterday) there is more than a wee bit of mission creep built into the plans for DRD.
The Independent reports that the debt owed to government (the taxpayer), after more than a decade of overpaying tax credits, has now reached more than £5.6BN.
HMRC plans to seize money from around 3,000 people's bank accounts a year for overpaid tax credits, according to figures released by HMRC, in response to a Freedom of Information request by the campaign group False Economy.

Now loyal readers will recall that when DRD was first mooted, Lin Homer stated that the amount that HMRC would raise over four years would be in total around £375M.

Either she is lying, or the DRD scheme is but pissing in the wind against a debt of over £5.6BN.

Which is it, is Homer lying or is HMRC pissing in the wind?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

DRD Mission Creep

And so it begins!



Tax does have to be taxing.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

HMRC's Secret Service

My thanks to a loyal reader who posted the following comment about HMRC's forthcoming Westminster service:
"As an HMRC (IR) member of 25 years I found this both laughable and disgusting, bad enough EXCON giving themselves £30000 bonuses (I got £130) this year they dream uo this load of s***e!

I have made my views clear via the national Hotseat and would urge all other HMRC staff to do the same.

As for invites, nobody I've spoken to knew anything of this, there is nothing on the HMRC Intranet and no Press Briefing, it is a closed shop jolly for the same old faces."
Homer has seriously shot herself in the foot with this.

A service in a Christian church somewhat excludes those who don't believe in god, or who are not Christians (what happened to HMRC's mantra of a diverse and tolerant organisation?).

Why is the event "secret" within HMRC?

I would appreciate seeing the Hotseat responses from Excom to the queries raised by HMRC staff about this.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday Question


Has anyone (be it an HMRC staff member, or taxpayer outwith HMRC) actually received an invitation to the infamous and universally derided Westminster service planned for September?

Does anyone know anyone who has received the invite?

Does anyone have a copy of the guest list?

I ask because, despite Homer's assertions that the service is designed to raise morale of HMRC staff, methinks that the attendees will in fact be mainly the "big knobs" of HMRC and their chums from the civil service.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

HMRC Is Ridiculous


Follow this link to a splendid summary of a first tier tax tribunal South v HMRC, involving the late submission of individual tax return and whether there was a reasonable excuse for the late submission of the return.

In brief Mr South was not asked to submit a tax return as had been the case in previous years. He rejected HMRC's £100 late submission penalty on those grounds. HMRC then rejected his rejection on the grounds that there was no evidence confirming that he had not received the return.

Think about the "logic" of that for a moment ladies and gentlemen!

It then gets better, subsequently he did get evidence that he did not receive a tax return.

From whom?

From HMRC itself!

In an HMRC letter of 13 May 2014, which stated a paper return was not issued.

The Tribunal noted that a statement provided by HMRC to the Tribunal was inaccurate (a lie or a mistake?).

The Tribunal went on to note that the result of an appeal dated 20 March 2014 was a piece of nonsense, and showed that the appeal was not properly considered by HMRC.
"It is ridiculous to expect the appellant to produce evidence to show he did not receive the tax return or notice to file."
Based on the above can you guess the outcome of the Tribunal?

Yes, that's right, Mr South won and the £100 penalty has been nixed.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

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What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Aspire For Chaos


The Times today warns that HMRC's Aspire contract, the country’s biggest IT contract, is heading for disaster under coalition plans to split it into 100 parts, putting billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money at risk.

Leading industry specialists have told The Times that splintering the £10 billion Aspire contract, which holds the tax records of 50 million Britons, will end in chaos, with higher costs and a substantial risk to the economy.

Methinks that the Aspire contract is already a lost cause, in terms of cost overruns; will splitting it into smaller parts really make things worse than they already are?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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