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Tuesday, 23 June 2009
In a few weeks time the Finance Bill will grant HMRC new powers to be able to access individual's salaries and deduct up to £2K per annum, in order to recover underpaid tax.
Until now HMRC had to obtain taxpayers' consent, or a court order, before it could do this.
As Roy Maugham, a tax partner at UHY Hacker Young, points out other creditors can't deduct money from people's salaries in this manner, why should HMRC be granted such powers?
"After mortgage payments, food and energy bills, a lot of taxpayers have little left over every month. What's going to stop HMRC making deductions from taxpayers' salaries that leave them unable to pay utility bills or service other creditors? Other creditors can't just deduct money from people's salaries on a whim.
When you think of the administrative errors that led to millions in tax credits being paid incorrectly, you have to wonder whether there ought to be stronger safeguards before HMRC is granted unfettered access to taxpayers' paycheques."
Tax does have to be taxing.
Tax Investigation for Dummies, by Nick Morgan, provides a good and easy to read guide for anyone caught up in an HMRC tax investigation. A must read for any Self Assessment taxpayer.
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