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Monday, 14 December 2009

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It seems that HMRC are so very cross with tax advisers, who help people reduce their tax bill (ie avoid tax), that they are going to give some of them a public spanking and name and shame them.

Aside from the fact that, unless a criminal offence (ie evasion) has occurred, HMRC should not be publicly discussing the tax affairs of individuals and organisations it is a remarkably idiotic idea which will give the advisers some great free publicity (thereby undermining the HMRC's "lofty moral stance" on the issue).

HMRC claim that it would apply to advisers found to have acted "improperly" (whatever that means).

However, my sources tell me that HMRC seem to be a little confused as to whether their named and shamed list of advisers would apply only to those who aid evasion, as some (who have discussed this with HMRC) have interpreted the responses from HMRC re the new policy as also covering avoidance.

Could this be evidence of mission creep, in HMRC's and Labour's war against tax avoidance?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. How about naming and shaming some of the senior bullies in HMRC?
    How about the senior mangers responsible for the data disc debacle coming forward?
    No, because they're cowardly bastards.
    What about that guy who didn't even finish his contract with HMRC (Cruickshank)? and was still paid thousands?
    A shower of shits.

  2. I have to agree with the above poster, maybe it is getting to the time that names of these bullies should start appearing online and see how they like it. I also have some names of people who work in the CSA and whose mistakes have left people's lives in ruin as well.

  3. I have the great misfortune to work for HMRC (and thoroughly bullied into submission, I might add, by spreadsheet-obsessed senior management twats full of their own self-importance that know sod all about anything that's of importance), and if that aint bad enough I also have the CSA on my case chasing me for a King's ransom... like I am some kind of millionaire. Looking on the bright side, at least I don't have any dealings with the Student Loan Company.

  4. I am very tempted to name names right here right now... and to fark with the consequences. Just one problem though, there aint enough capacity here on this blogsite to fit in the names of "the cast of thousands" without crashing the servers!!!

  5. If this problem is widespread throughout the public sector why are the unions not trying to deal with the problem? if they are and not getting anywhere then maybe new unions are required.

  6. Good point above.
    I just want to say here how useless the PCS Union is.
    People have been royally screwed by Browns merger of the two departments and as a former employee who was very lucky to get out I never witnessed any real strong stand by the union even though thousands were paying into the Union every month including myself.
    HMRC management watched the Union like a hawk and little by little they chipped away at morale and treated people like shit knowing full well the Union would do fuck all.

  7. Not fit for purpose17 December 2009 at 09:04

  8. Maybe it is time to bring a new union in and see if they can get things changed. This is something that the staff could look at doing themselves but they would have to stick together. Probably be better not to include management as this seems to be the problem at present. There is no way a union can be effective when they represent the staff and the bullies at the same time.

  9. Name the bullying senior managers by all means - but evasion is a reserve of the rich so they should be names & shamed. No one has a problem with R&C chasing tax credit overpayments - but no dont chase the rich people - they are above it. & this includes MPs etc