Following this weekend's "10 million issue" (which, according to some comments on my site, is "old news" and ""happens every year") I was contacted by the Producer of Panorama who asks that I repeat the request for people to come forward.
The programme will look at how and why so many incorrect tax codes were sent out in January, meet people who were affected, and try and identify groups who might be in for a surprise when correct codes are finally correctly calculated and demands for payments are sent out.
Panorama are particularly keen to identify any of the following case studies:
-Incorrect personal allowance/wrong tax code/dual codes
-Cases where an extra 1 (or other numeral) has appeared in front of some one’s salary
-Records of one-off payments being lost
-Any examples of entire companies’ workforce being affected
-Errors arising from people moving jobs
-Problems pensioners have had including wrong or missing married couples allowance, full tax allowances sent to different employers, tax allowances given to the wrong pension, etc
-Problems arising for graduates with employers being told to carry on deducting repayments even when loans have been repaid
-Ex-servicemen and women – (particularly recent veterans) being incorrectly taxed
As well as typical cases of people affected by the tax code errors, Panorama are also interested in hearing of other more unusual or extreme cases of lives being affected by HMRC errors.
Here is the original "casting call" from August:
"I have been contacted by Claire Judge, of Nine Lives Media, wrt a Panorama programme that she is doing research for. In brief, she is looking for people to contact her wrt issues/problems that they have experienced concerning HMRC.
Here is her request unedited:
"After last week’s report from the National Audit Office on HM Revenue 2009 – 2010 accounts, Nine Lives Media have been commissioned by BBC Panorama to make a programme: Are You Paying the Right Tax? The report highlighted the 18.2 million backlog of cases revealing that around half these cases are likely to involve an over or underpayment of tax and that these may lead to repayments and recoveries in the order of £3 and £1.4 billion. That’s a lot of people paying the wrong tax.
The programme will look at how and why so many incorrect tax codes were sent out in January, meet people who were affected, and try identify groups who might be in for a surprise when correct codes are finally calculated and demands for payments are sent out.
Claire, researcher at Nine Lives Media, says: “We thought one interesting approach might be to look at different sorts of common errors that have come to light following the tax code fiasco and look for examples of people who have already been affected.”
“We understand the importance of confidentiality, but if you have been affected by this, or know of anyone who might illustrate this problem we’d love to hear from you or have you pass on our interest. We would only ever broadcast details of a particular case if we had full consent of the people involved.”
If you wish to share your tax issues with Nine Lives, and potentially be involved in the programme, please call Claire on 0161 832 2007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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