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Wednesday, 31 December 2008
HMRC's Bulging Sack
Much like Santa Claus, HMRC seems to be suffering from a bulging sack.
John Battle MP (Leeds) recently claimed that a six week backlog of mail has built up at HMRC's offices in Lisbon Street. Mr Battle discovered the backlog after phoning up HMRC on behalf of a firm in his constituency.
The call took a somewhat circuitous route, first to Cardiff then to Wrexham.
Mr Battle is quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post:
"People's papers seem to be scattered around the country with no serious tracking mechanism.
People really do want a more satisfactory service, not least because it could mean a serious risk to jobs at a time when there is a squeeze.
I am tabling questions to ask whether the Treasury can address the responsiveness of the Leeds tax office.
If they need more staff, get a few more staff to cope with the pressure and help stop businesses from going under."
HMRC have denied that there was a six week backlog in unopened post.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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