HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Friday, 23 February 2018

HMRC Plays Monopoly In Telford


Insider Media Limited reports that HMRC has agreed to take 13 floors of office space in the largest commercial letting in Telford for more than a decade
"GVA and Bulleys Bradbury have completed deal which will see HMRC take 112,256 sq ft of space across One and Two Telford Plaza. Leases have been taken on terms of nine to ten years.

The acquired space will be used by HMRC to consolidate a number of existing offices.

GVA’s initial instruction was to negotiate terms for the acquisition of a single 12,000 sq ft floor in Two Telford Plaza. Additional instructions were then received for acquisition of further accommodation across One and Two Telford Plaza totalling 66,147 sq ft, with a third instruction for a further 34,056 sq ft.

Andrew Venables, GVA, said: "The quality of the space Telford Plaza offers HMRC is exceptional value for money.

"This is a significant letting for the Telford market both in terms of the profile of the occupier and the quantum of the space that has been transacted.

"This deal has developed from our initial instruction to acquire a single 12,053 sq ft floorplate in Plaza Two and working with the landlord’s agent, Bulleys Bradbury, we were able to ensure that Telford Plaza was able to accommodate the growing requirement for high quality, cost effective office space."

Richard Bradbury, Bulleys Bradbury, added: "This is an outstanding letting for the Telford market generally and for Telford Plaza specifically.

"The landlord is naturally very pleased to have an occupier of the calibre of HMRC on site and we have been working closely with GVA throughout this process.

"This letting, together with further recent lettings in the building, has resulted in both Plaza One and Two now being fully let and occupied, preserving a significant number of valuable jobs in the town."
Constituting two commercial buildings, Telford Plaza is located just off Junction Five of the M54 and close to Telford Central railway station.

GVA acted on behalf of the tenant, with Bulleys Bradbury acting for the landlord, Telford Plaza UK."
My question is this, and one that the article has not answered, why did HMRC's original 12,000 sq ft request morph into 112,000 sq ft?

Maybe HMRC are playing Monopoly?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Rebuilding HMRC's Shattered Brand


Poli Stuart-Lacey, who has previously run comms for several government departments, including the Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade, was appointed as HMRC's director of comms in January after serving there in an interim capacity since last May.

She spoke to PRWeek about her priorities:
"One of my big priorities this year will be on continuing to build our reputation, and reviewing our brand persona – it’s really important we connect with customers in a way which makes their experience as easy and efficient as possible, whether online, by letter or over the phone. Externalising our organisational values is key to getting that right, and applies as much to customers as it does to our employees."
Referring to the recent Ducks Quack campaign:
"I’m really pleased with how the campaign ran, and so far the metrics are looking really strong."

Stuart-Lacey, who studied French and Italian at the University of Hull, has made her career in central government comms over the past 18 years and has never worked in the private sector.

She worked for the Department for Education and then the Home Office, before moving to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Her first stint at HMRC was as its head of comms in 2012, with responsibility for internal and external comms about benefits and credits, a role she held for more than three years.

From here, Stuart-Lacey moved to the Cabinet Office, where she was head of comms for nearly two years.

A short stint as interim director of comms at the Department for International Trade followed before she returned to HMRC in the interim comms director role.
"I’m thrilled to be able to take on the role permanently at HMRC – I’ve been inspired by the dedication of the people I’ve been working with since last May and I’m excited to lead the communications profession at such a critical point in our departmental history.

I’m really grateful for the experience I’ve gained in my last roles at the Cabinet Office and Department for International Trade, and to be continuing to work with a hugely talented community of communication directors from across government."
Ironically, for someone involved in communications, she's not very keen on FOI and was part of a group that called for restrictions on freedom of information!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

HMRC Cosies Up To HSBC in Birmingham HQ


Work has started on the second building to be developed at the Arena Central project in Birmingham city centre.

3 Arena Central will be home to staff from HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions after a 25-year lease deal was struck last year for the entire 14-storey building.

There will be more than 3,600 civil servants based there by 2020 where they will join the new head office of HSBC UK on the development.

Steven Boyd, estates director for HMRC, is quoted by the Birmingham Post:
"This is an important milestone in the delivery of the Government Hub in Birmingham, which will be the new home for HMRC in the West Midlands.

When it is built, the new building will mean our staff can work in a modern and bright environment, while working collaboratively with other teams, to increase our effectiveness in collecting taxes."
I wonder if, when he made the comment about increasing HMRC's effectiveness, he had in the back of his mind HMRC's proximity to HSBC?

For reference:

HSBC tax avoidance scandal: Timeline of Britain's biggest banking leak




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Monday, 19 February 2018

Congratulations To Jon Thompson


Congratulations to Jon Thompson on his recent appointment as Head of Civil Service Operational Delivery Profession (what ever that means), he might want to tell his colleagues in the civil service to update his on-line resume which does not yet show that new role.

Gratifying to note that he has updated his Twitter profile to include it!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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HMRC Fails Again


The Upper Tribunal (UT) has upheld an FTT decision that HMRC did not satisfy the necessary conditions for making a discovery assessment, and so the taxpayer escaped a tax bill of £475,498.

The taxpayer made a clear disclosure in the white space of his tax return for 2009 stating that he had followed a treatment contrary to HMRC’s view of the law, and expressly invited HMRC to open an enquiry into the return.

Not only did the tribunal decide that the discovery assessment was out of time, it also ruled that there had not even been a valid discovery in the first place.

The taxpayer had provided HMRC with more than enough information to be aware that (on HMRC’s understanding of the law) there was an inadequacy in his self-assessment. No enquiry was opened, so no discovery could be made later unless there had been deliberate inaccuracy – which there was not.

Even worse: if there had been a discovery, it must have happened in 2009 when HMRC first wrote to Tooth denying his claim. Not issuing an assessment for another five years meant that discovery had gone “stale”. As something can only be discovered once, HMRC cannot have been acting on a “new” discovery made in 2014.

Full details are on AccountingWeb.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday Fact?

#FridayFact: £1 in every £10 spent in the UK is undeclared to HMRC. That's £40 billion a year the taxman misses out on! #taxfacts

The above was posted on twitter today, is it true?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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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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