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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, 22 June 2009
I must admit that until now, I assumed that tax affected all of us (apart from MPs) more or less in the same way irrespective of race, creed, orientation and gender.
Seemingly this assumption was wrong, as HMRC have just published a 20 page booklet aimed at "our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers".
"We want to be fully inclusive and we have a range of diversity networks – open to all staff, covering Race, Religion or Belief, Disability, Age, Carers, Gender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual and, because we recognise that gender identity is different to sexual orientation, we're the only government department to give transgender people a voice with their own network."
Whilst there are specifics wrt eg same sex partnerships and pension issues wrt sex changes that should be clearly communicated/disseminated, I do wonder whether these points necessitated the publication of such a booklet (complete with glossy photos).
More specifically what has the chapter about "Diversity in HMRC" got to do with the tax issues facing specific sections of the community?
Anyhoo, the booklet will be distributed, not at a taxation event or gathering of tax advisers, but at Pride London (where people gather with the specific objective of discussing tax!).
Those of you who can't attend Pride, can download it here Pride.
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.
Click the link to read about: Tax Investigation for Dummies
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