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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, 12 November 2019

HMRC Is "Incorrect"


Energy Voice reports that Awilco Drilling, headquartered in Westhill, near Aberdeen, said it was in “regular contact” with HMRC regarding part of its income booked in 2015.

The company believed it could use its accumulated losses to offset the income, giving it a reduction in tax liability for the year However, HMRC disagrees and has levied a £7.7M tax bill on Awilco.

In the firm’s third-quarter results announcement, Awilco’s management said they were “of the opinion that HMRC is incorrect” and have challenged the decision.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Office For Statistics Regulation To Review HMRC


The Office for Statistics Regulation has confirmed it is to review the quality-assurance principles and processes HMRC uses for its data publication after a double-counting error added almost £7bn to its Corporation Tax receipt statistics.

Director general for regulation Ed Humpherson said HMRC had invited the watchdog to give an independent assessment of the department’s quality-management approach and identify areas of improvement after the “significant error” emerged earlier this year.

While the error – revealed by HMRC in September – has not resulted in any financial loss to the nation's coffers, it did mean that Corporation Tax receipts statistics reflected a figure that grew to become a combined £6.95bn higher than should have been the case between April 2011 and July 2019.

Humpherson said HMRC’s most recent set of Corporation Tax statistics, published in September, had corrected the data and noted that the actual figures reported in HMRC’s accounts remained the same.


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Thursday, 7 November 2019

HMRC Wreaking Havoc On Taxpayers' Lives

MPs have warned the attitude of HMRC towards its controversial loan charge was "wreaking havoc" on taxpayers, amid claims of homelessness, deaths, and other hardships allegedly caused by its demands.

The Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group published its latest survey report November 5 in which more than 2,000 people believed to be facing the loan charge detailed how it, and HMRC's pursuit of its payment, had impacted their lives.

According to the survey, carried out between October 23 and October 28, one in six respondents are yet to receive settlement figures from HMRC detailing how much is owed, and a third have still not been formally notified of the charge by the taxman.

When approached by FTAdviser HMRC maintained more than 99 per cent of "customers" who had provided the relevant information by the April 2019 deadline had now received settlement calculations, as of August 31.

The MPs' report found more than 60 families were believed to have lost their homes as a result of the loan charge and two respondents reported they had been made homeless.

Further respondents said they had "seriously considered" suicide facing the charge and the parliamentary group also received reports of alleged miscarriages due to the stress of the situation.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group said much of the sentiment expressed in its most recent findings was similar to that published in its March survey - but where previous responses had focused on the legislation itself as the cause of distress, resentment was now growing towards HMRC's behaviour "wreaking havoc on taxpayers' lives".

The report said:
"In addition to HMRC’s inadequate ‘service’ towards taxpayers, participants have continued to emphasise that they are fearful, uncertain and this is now giving rise to a growing sense of anger at the perceived unjust manner in which HMRC is treating them.

The number of those participants who have claimed bankruptcy remains small. We can speculate that increased levels of bankruptcy are more likely to occur after taxpayers have signed settlement agreements.

Nevertheless, 94 per cent of participants remain in a perpetual state of limbo not knowing what the future holds."
Outside of the specific questions included in the survey, respondents were invited to share details of their experiences of living with the loan charge.

These accounts included claims of abortions to "spare the unborn child from living with stress and threat of poverty".

Irrespective of the arguments about whether the loan charge is a retrospective tax or not, quite clearly a situation whereby people are committing suicide and having abortions because of a tax bill is wrong on every level.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Loan Charge Review On Hold Until After The Election



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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

IT Contractor Wins £240K Appeal Against HMRC


The Register reports that IT contractor Richard Alcock has won an appeal against HMRC after HMRC said he owed more than £200,000 in national insurance contributions (NICs) and income tax under off-payroll rules.

The IR35 legislation states that individuals who work alongside PAYE staff in similar roles should pay the same amount in income tax and national insurance contributions as employees. However, as contractors, they are not entitled to the same holiday and sick pay benefits.

Alcock contracted with Accenture and the Department for Work and Pensions as a consultant via his company, RALC Consulting, between April 2010 and April 2015, working on the Universal Credit IT project.

In March 2017, HMRC determined that Alcock owed income tax and NICs of £164,482 and £78,842 respectively for that period. However, it is unlikely he would have had to pay the entire sum because of offsets for tax already paid.

In its ruling, the tribunal stated that it was "satisfied on balance that the hypothetical contracts between Mr Alcock and his end clients, DWP and Accenture, would be contracts for services (self-employment)".

It concluded:
"All HMRC's Determinations, decisions and notices are cancelled. The Appellant is not liable to pay the Income tax and NICs assessed by HMRC. The appeal is allowed in full."
However, this may not be over as HMRC are considering appealing.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

HMRC Recruits Mark Denney For Interim Role as CDIO


Mark Denney has been appointed as interim Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) to take forward HMRC’s ambitious digital transformation agenda.

Mark is a senior change and IT executive with broad experience in digital transformation, payments infrastructure, technology and strategic change. He replaces Jacky Wright, who has returned to Microsoft, as planned, after her 2-year stint at HMRC.

Mark’s appointment will provide continuity for the department until a permanent CDIO has been recruited. Following Jim Harra’s confirmation as Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, recruitment for the permanent CDIO role will start in the near future.

Mark spent more than a decade at Barclays, latterly as Managing Director, Chief Information Officer and Head of Change at Barclays Corporate Bank and Payments, before leaving last year to take up contracting roles. He previously held senior positions at JP Morgan Chase and GE Capital.

Jim Harra, HMRC’s Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, said:
I’m delighted to welcome Mark to HMRC as our new Chief Digital and Information Officer. He was an exceptional candidate and his appointment enables us to continue our transformation to a digitally-enabled, world-class organisation.
His experience in technological change and payments infrastructure is particularly relevant for us as we expand our online services to business and personal customers and implement the digital strategy we’ve developed over the past 2 years.
Mark Denney said:
I’m really looking forward to joining HMRC at such an exciting time and to having the opportunity to build on the achievements of Jacky Wright.
Mark will take up his role on 11 November 2019.

Now what I don't understand is why recruit someone from outside HMRC for only an "interim" role?

Why not appoint him fulltime, if he is suitably qualified?
 

Tax does have to be taxing.

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