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, 23 July 2008

IT Is Not Our Business - PAYE Cock Up

IT Is Not Our Business - PAYE Cock Up
Oh dear, poor old HMRC they really can't seem to get the hang of this modern IT malarkey can they?

The much vaunted launch of the HMRC computer system intended to handle all Pay As You Earn, or Paye, tax claims has been suspended because of fears it will not be able to cope.

Well done lads!

Seemingly HMRC are worried that the Paye system, scheduled to go live in October of this year, is not ready to oversee the collection of taxes from about 31 million people.

The recent Poynter Review into HMRC data handling noted that duplication of information in HMRC's 650-plus systems increased the risk of data loss.

Over 650 IT systems!

Are they taking the piss?

Who the hell is in charge of IT strategy?

Bernadette Kenny, director general of personal tax at HMRC, issued a statement on the matter:

"Ensuring that our customers are properly served by our Paye services is of paramount importance to us, but we will not go ahead with implementing the new system until it is completely ready."

Errmmm...why is the DG of Personal Tax issuing a statement about IT issues?

This surely is a matter for the IT Director, to issue a statement about. The DG of Personal Tax will know fark all about IT systems!

HMRC has spent £552M on IT transformation between 2006 and March 2008.

Money down the toilet by the looks of it!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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