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.

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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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Homer Seeks Divine Intervention

As loyal readers know, HMRC and its CEO Lin Homer have been having something of a rough time of it recently.

Under such circumstances it is natural for people to feel despondent and stressed out. Thus Homer has sought divine help, in the form of a VIP service is to be held at Westminster Abbey on 23 September.

Apparently the service will be a vehicle used to recognise HMRC's work collecting revenue. Guests will include staff, civil servants and partners; they will participate in a service that will pay tribute to HMRC.

Apparently, according to HMRC's way of thinking, the service will boost staff morale!

Disregarding the fact that I personally don't believe in god, I would like to make a number of observations:
  • In the event god exists, would he/she really want a religious service for a civil service department?
  • I assume that some of the staff invited may not themselves believe in god, how then precisely does this help staff morale?
  • Despite the fact that, according to the bible, "we should render unto Caesar what is Caesar's etc" (Mark 12:17) the bible wasn't quite pushing for us to worship tax collecting authorities.
  •  Is Homer so desperate (or deluded) that she believes that she is on a holy mission?
  • God should be kept out of politics and the civil service (irrespective of the fact that we live in a country where the head of state is also head of the church).

Out of interest, has any loyal reader received an invitation to this event?

If so please could he/she drop me a line?

Thanks.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

HMRC's Named and Shamed List


HMRC, to much fanfare, has published another one of its named and shamed lists (this being a list of tax evaders).

HMRC publishes details of deliberate tax defaulters - people who have received penalties either for either:
  • deliberate errors in their tax returns
  • deliberately failing to comply with their tax obligations
The law that allows this is Section 94 Finance Act 2009.
HMRC may publish information about a deliberate tax defaulter where:
  • HMRC has carried out an investigation and the person has been charged one or more penalties for deliberate defaults
  • those penalties involve tax of more than £25,000
However, their information will not be published if the person earns the maximum reduction of the penalties by fully disclosing details of the defaults.

HMRC will publish sufficient information to identify the deliberate tax defaulter, the penalties imposed for their deliberate defaults and the amount of tax on which those penalties are based.

HMRC publish this information once these penalties are final. A penalty becomes final on either:
  • the day after the end of the appeal period if the person does not make an appeal
  • the date when an appeal is finally determined
  • the date when a contract settlement is made
The law requires that HMRC do not publish any information about the person for more than 12 months from the date HMRC first publish it.

The current list totals around £30M (not exactly an humongous amount), of which £29.7M is accounted for by one company.

It seems an awful lot of work and fanfare for an amount that, in terms of the total tax take of HMRC, is so trivial.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

HMRC Cut 41 Jobs In Dundee

PCS are angry with HMRC for cutting 41 jobs in Dundee whilst advertising the same posts elsewhere in the UK.

PCS spokesman John Davidson is quoted by the Courier:
What’s effectively happening is you have 41 people that are fully trained working in Dundee and they are at threat of redundancy. 

Whilst that’s happening, the department has created vacancies elsewhere for the same work and they’ve advertised some of those vacancies externally. 

It doesn’t seem to make a lot of business sense to us for HMRC to effectively pay off people, put them out of a job and at the same time having to retrain brand new people they are getting in off the street.

Obviously it’s really concerning why they are going down this route. 

They have not given us any adequate explanation as to why that’s the case because it’s exactly the same work that they’re getting rid of out of places like Dundee, whilst they are externally recruiting in places like the Midlands.

That strategy effectively means that there will be only 14 sites in the whole of the UK and only two would be in Scotland. There would be one each in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Dundee doesn’t figure in their long-term plans.”
An HMRC spokesperson said:
HMRC has 2,420 people on temporary fixed-term appointments and we recently concluded formal consultation with the department’s trades unions on the future of those whose contracts are due to end in September. 

As part of that consultation HMRC has advertised permanent vacancies in a number of locations that only people on fixed-term appointments could apply for.

In Scotland that has meant that more permanent roles were offered than we have people on fixed-term contracts.

Ensuring HMRC’s workforce and estate fits the needs of the business, and that the UK’s tax system is managed cost effectively, are important considerations.

This means that we will recruit at certain sites, expanding on our existing expertise and the infrastructure at these locations for roles that in some instances are specialised or can cover specific shortfalls.”

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

HMRC Too Incompetent To Be Trusted


In a letter to the Chancellor, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) state that HMRC is too incompetent to be trusted with powers to raid people's bank accounts.

An extract of the letter from Anthony Browne (CEO of BBA) is reproduced in the Telegraph:
It is clear that HMRC’s performance cannot yet be considered as sufficiently competent to wield an unchecked power this strong, at least not without significant reputational damage and potential litigation.

HMRC would effectively be a judge in its own cause.”
It is a rare occasion indeed when I agree with the BBA. However, in this particular case I am in full agreement with them.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Homer's Catastrophic Mess


The Home Office has been told to pay £224M to Raytheon, a major US corporation it sacked for failing to deliver the secure borders programme.

The order to make the payments comes from a binding arbitration tribunal. Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz called it a "catastrophic result".

The e-Borders programme launched by Labour in 2003 was a £1BN attempt to reform border controls.

In 2007 Raytheon won a nine-year contract for the programme.

Three years later, the coalition government terminated the contract, after claiming it was failing. It said it had lost confidence in Raytheon to deliver the programme after it fell a year behind schedule.

Raytheon threatened to sue ministers for £500M, blaming the UK Border Agency (that name will ring a bell with loyal readers) for the failings, before the two sides entered into binding arbitration to reach a settlement.

The BBC notes that in its ruling, the arbitration tribunal did not pass judgement on whether Raytheon had failed to meet its contractual obligations - but it criticised UKBA officials for failing to properly brief the home secretary on whether the company had an arguable case to hold on to the deal.

The full ruling has not been made public, but the tribunal said the Home Office should make the following payments to Raytheon:
  • £50m in damages for ending the contract
  • £126m for assets the company delivered prior to being sacked, such as IT systems
  • £10m to settle complaints relating to changes to the original contract
  • £38m in interest payments
In a letter to the chairman of the cross-party Home Affairs Committee, Home Secretary Theresa May says:
"The government stands by the decision to end the e-Borders contract with Raytheon. This decision was, and remains, the most appropriate action to address the well-documented issues with the delivery and management of the programme.

The situation the government inherited was therefore a mess with no attractive options. All other alternatives available to the government would have led to greater costs than the result of this Tribunal ruling."
Mrs May is writing to the National Audit Office to ask it review how the e-borders scheme was managed from its inception.

Keith Vaz said:
"This is a catastrophic result. Minister after minister and successive heads of the UKBA told the select committee that the government was the innocent party and that Raytheon had failed to deliver.

It is now clear that the UKBA didn't know what they wanted from the e-Borders programme.

It is important that those who have responsibility should be held to account for failing the taxpayer in such a costly way."
Can you tell me children who was in charge of the UKBA and its predecessor during this period?

Yes, that's right Lin Homer!

She was appointed Director-General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in August 2005. The Home Office was re-organised in 2008, with the formation of the Border and Immigration Agency, later renamed the UK Border Agency, of which Homer became the first chief executive until 2011.

It is a sad fact of corporate and civil service life that in order to remove some senior managers who are deemed to be so incompetent and useless that their presence threatens the organisation itself, instead of firing them, they are promoted far far away.

Thus we may expect in the coming months another promotion for Homer, in order that she be removed from HMRC before she completely destroys it and fingers those who were responsible in the first place for putting her in charge of it.

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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