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Friday, 11 December 2009
Computer Says No
The Public Accounts Committee have lambasted HMRC's tired old IT systems, stating that the systems "do not provide essential information".
In fact these systems are so tired and old, it is estimated that around £11BN of the £28BN of tax owed at March 2009 will remain uncollected. That's a tad more than the revenue that Darling kids himself he will make from taxing bankers' bonuses (£500M).
Anyhoo, the committee is of the view that more money needs to be spent on new systems.
Maybe so, but there are a few problems with this "statement of the obvious":
1 Brown has bankrupted Britain, there is no money available to spend on IT upgrades.
2 Will an IT upgrade really improve the bad debt situation so radically?
3 Are HMRC's executives and our "respected" politicians really capable of sourcing, implementing and managing a serious large scale IT upgrade? Experience tells us that they are not.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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