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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.
Monday, 6 October 2008
HMRC is pushing ahead with its plan to force taxpayers to file VAT returns online.
Its latest tactic is to phase out pre-paid envelopes which it used to supply.
Malcolm Winston (UHY Hacker Young partner) is not impressed, he is quoted in the Birmingham Post:
"This is unfortunate timing as HMRC's recent data loss scandal is still fresh in everyone's mind. You would think that they would be a bit more sensitive to taxpayers' concerns before they tried to railroad them all into filing online.
There are still quite a few personal and business taxpayers who either don't have access to broadband or who are still very nervous about lodging sensitive financial information online."
HMRC claim that the phasing out of pre-paid envelopes is in line with the private sector.
However, that is not a fair analogy, as people have a choice as to which private sector organisation they use.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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