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.

Monday, 25 February 2008

HMRC Buys Stolen Goods

HMRC Buys Stolen GoodsSome rather interesting news emerged over the weekend, about HMRC buying a series of CDs containing the personal details (eg bank accounts) of a large number of British citizens.

Could this be the missing CDs that HMRC lost last year, containing the details of 25 million child benefit claimants?

Errrmmm......No.

These CDs apparently contain the details of a large number of wealthy people who hold bank accounts in Liechtenstein.

HMRC are so keen to track down every penny of tax, that they believe is owed to them, that they have now stooped to paying off nefarious characters in order to obtain information about suspected tax evaders.

HM Revenue & Customs paid £100K to Heinrich Kieber, for data that it will use to launch investigations of up to 100 British citizens who have accounts at Liechtenstein's biggest bank (LGT).

Now, you may well ask, how did Herr Kieber obtain this data?

Well, he seems to have nicked it.

In 2004 he was convicted of fraud for stealing sensitive information from his employer, LGT, the biggest bank in Liechtenstein, which is controlled by the principality's royal family.

Nice doing business with you Herr Kieber!

Maybe someone should remind HMRC that it is an offence to knowingly handle stolen goods?

Now that these CDs are in the hands of HMRC, given their lamentable track record with regard to information security, can we expect these CDs to be "lost" and then appear on the open market again for purchase at the highest price?

Of course HMRC would argue that none of this subterfuge, unpleasant dealings and costs (in terms of time, money and effort) would have to be undertaken if people didn't go to such extraordinary lengths to evade tax.

That in itself is true, up to a point. However, one of the prime motivations for tax evasion is the complexity of the tax system.

Simplify the tax system to resolve this problem, and cut the costs of collecting tax:

- increase the personal allowances to around £10K
- introduce a flat rate of tax of around 20%
- abolish all other perverse taxes such as; stamp duty, CGT, IHT, NI etc
- increase the rate of VAT to make up the shortfall

Do the above, and there will be a dramatic reduction in the amount of time, effort and money expended by both taxpayers and HMRC in trying to wade their way through the tax system.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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5 comments:

  1. Desperate measures indeed!! I've been in HMRC over 20 years and have never known it as bad as it is now. Thankfully , I'm getting out. The new CIS system is an absolute shambles and we have been told not to chase outstanding employers returns because they are classified as low priority. In addition , we have been instructed to not bother putting any cases into court with a monetary value of less than £3000.It appears that this government has totally lost the plot on tax . I have to laugh when they publicise the prosecution and conviction of tax credit cheats. All these people ever get is community service and ALL of them have foreign names . They're having a laugh at us and we're too spineless to do anything about it.

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  2. I also agree.

    I've only been in HMRC for less than 5 years from which I've seen it slide to one big f**king joke, aided and abetted by a bunch of high-flying muppets who don't have any f**king clue what they're doing.

    Run a department? They're not even fit to run a bath!

    I'm beginning to realise now what the f**k am I doing here....

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  4. Mr. Kieber's actions are a token of the information age. In the age of information, the rich, the powerful and the authoritative surprisingly find that they can keep no secrets. Therefore putative secrets become liabilities. What do you think? --Ben http://hack-igations.blogspot.com/2007/12/people-in-authority-sometimes-abuse.html

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  5. desperately vindictive. They might as well just ask everyone to leave the country so they can be left to manage themselves. Gordon Brown can roll around in wads of cash throwing it generously into the air in number 10 saying "I did it". With no-one around anymore, he and his HMRC terrorists can finally be happy doing as they wish all by themselves...alone!

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