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, 2 July 2008

US To The Rescue

US To The RescueHMRC has admitted that it needs help from the US.

HMRC will hand over sensitive trade data to its American counterpart in return for access to a state-of-the-art fraud detection system, which is too expensive for HMRC to build itself.

HMRC has admitted that its techniques for analysing trade-based money laundering are sub-standard, and that it is necessary to use the US system in order "for HMRC to be effective".

American Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is ready to grant HMRC access to Dartts (Data Analysis and Research for Trade Transparency System), its anti-fraud system, in return for the "regular exchanging of trade data with them on UK-US import-export declarations".

Dartts searches for trade anomalies and financial irregularities, which could indicate money laundering, customs fraud, smuggling or tax evasion.

HMRC have also admitted that it "would need somewhere to hold large amounts of data and more analysts to process the data, which would be a difficult decision in the current climate".

Is it altogether wise to hand over so much data to the US authorities, given their propensity for arresting British businessmen who visit the US?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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The full press release can be downloaded here.

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