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Tuesday, 15 July 2008
A Farking Mess!
Poor old HMRC and wee Gordon "Smiler" Brown, they just can't seem to get anything right at the moment. One of wee Gordie's "flagship" schemes, the "respected" tax credit scheme, has taken another well deserved battering.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has lambasted the scheme, noting that it is losing over £1.5BN a year as a result of overpayments and fraudulent claims.
To add insult to injury, Tim Burr (head of the NAO) has refused to sign off the annual accounts of HMRC because of its appalling mistakes and cock ups.
How embarrassing for an organisation that expects its "customers" to have perfect records!
Brown's lackeys in parliament were quick to dismiss this as....errmmmm......."teething troubles".
Are they taking the piss here?
Some "teething troubles", when up to £1.54BN (that's over 8% of the total) of tax credit payments were wasted because of error and fraud during the 2006-07 financial year.
As at March this year, £4.3BN remained to be recovered from claimants.
Jane Kennedy, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said that HMRC had been given until 2011 to cut the level of error and fraud to 5% (it currently stands at 7.6%)
Is she taking the piss?
-5% is way too lax a target
-2011 is hardly a stretching deadline
Pathetic by anyone's standards!
Dump these time wasting, money wasting and shoddily administered credits; increase the personal allowances instead.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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