HMRC have started writing to 900 tax evaders, telling them that they are "on probation".
HMRC will make unannounced visits to the premises of those notified, carry out checks on their suppliers and customers and deny them access to simplified tax-filing procedures and processes for a period of up to five years.
Fair enough, until you see that the financial threshold for this has been set at a mere £5K (hardly a huge amount if the business is relatively large); and that HMRC are judge and jury when determining as to whether the "error" was deliberate (evasion), or simply an honest mistake.
Even Richard Murphy is not overly impressed, the Guardian states that he thought the plan was a good idea but poorly executed:
"I am quite concerned that the level of error is fairly low at £5,000. People can make honest mistakes."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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