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HMRC Is Shite
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Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Hanging on The Telephone - Cut Off In Their Prime

Hanging on The TelephoneThe recent article about taxpayers phoning HMRC call centres being cut off by HMRC staff (in order to save time looking up answers), attracted this comment:

"Ah, but this doesn't just happen to customers of HMRC, it also happens to staff.

The other day, I was having difficulty figuring out how to claim a particular item of T&S (Travel and Subsistence) after working away.

Our internal guidance was, as usual, absolutely useless so I phoned the HR Service Centre. After waiting for fifteen minutes and ignoring the automated voice repeatedly telling me that I'd be better off e-mailing (a 10-working day turnaround for an answer? I don't bloody think so!) I spoke to a chap, explained the complicated situation and, without a word, he promptly hung up on me because the question was too difficult for him to answer!

Cue me calling again, waiting another fifteen minutes, speaking to someone else and being told that he didn't know the answer but would forward it to the T&S team. The expected timescale for a response? 10 working days.

To their credit, they actually e-mailed me back within 2 days.

With the wrong answer.

Piss-poor customer service isn't just restricted to our external customers you know..

As I have noted many times before, HMRC staff are taxpayers too; the above case proves that point, as HMRC staff are being treated in exactly the same way as "civilian" taxpayers.
Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. You may find that you get less HMRC staff posting comments on this blog since the site is now blocked by HMRC in their offices.Another example of the "dark side" censorship, its clear HMRC don't like criticism

  2. I didn't know there was a T&S team anymore? There used to be a helpline for T&S but it closed.

    I know of someone who worked on that team and they felt they all did a good job with the helpdesk,knew the answers to most questions,could put most things right...then it closed and the hr service centre took over

    Actually I have reason to believe that the team the old T&S team changed into now spends a fair bit of time cleaning up things that the service centre has ballsed up.

    It's not the hr service centre's fault, management have taken on too much work and its too complex for the phone operators to know inside out