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Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Catch 22 - A Dilemma
I understand that those in charge of HMRC have presented those who work for HMRC with something of Catch 22 dilemma.
Allow me to explain.
When people apply for a CIS card, Tax Credits, or register for Self Employment they are required to produce several forms of ID at a Revenue office.
So far so good.
One of the forms of ID can be a letter from a Government department to the applicants home address.
With me so far?
Now here is where it becomes a little more tricky.
Imagine that you are a failed asylum seeker.
What would you do to prove your identity?
Yes, that's right, you would use a letter from the Home Orifice.
After all, the Home Orifice is a "respected" government institution, a letter from them surely would cut the mustard...wouldn't it?
In theory yes it would, until that is you actually read what the letter says.
Now what do you think that this letter says?
Shall I help you here?
It says that the failed asylum seeker is specifically forbidden from working or claiming benefits, as the failed asylum seeker has been denied rights to asylum.
Now a logical and sensible employee of HMRC would of course use this letter as the basis for denying benefits/tax credits. Unfortunately those who run HMRC are not very logical, sensible or indeed very bright.
Those in charge of HMRC have issued an edict to their staff telling them to accept these letters as a valid form of ID for verification purposes.
Let me just remind you one more time:
THE LETTERS SPECIFICALLY FORBID THE RECIPIENT FROM WORKING OR CLAIMING BENEFITS!!!
To add insult to injury, the staff at HMRC have also been expressly forbidden from notifying the Home Orifice etc of the fact that this "client group" is breaking the law, due to the "data protection" implications.
Am I the only one who finds this to be completely absurd?
Would those who "run" HMRC care to comment?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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