The FT reports that taxpayers, who have overpaid tax (as a result of PAYE coding errors) are now having to wait months for tax refunds due to them from HMRC.
It seems that the problems originally caused by computer systems being unable to match individuals with multiple sources of income have been exacerbated by stringent security checks.
Richard Mannion, national tax director at Smith & Williamson, is quoted:
"While there is clearly a need to carry out such checks, a delay of 10 weeks or more is excessive."
In one example, a taxpayer has been waiting over ten weeks for his repayment, even though he has paid tax since 1965, lived at the same address since 1995 and has submitted self-assessment returns since 1996.
'In this particular example HMRC ought to find it very easy to check its records to verify his claim,' says Mr Mannion. 'What I don't understand is why it takes ten weeks or more to do this.'"
Maybe, when taxpayers are asked by HMRC to pay overdue tax they should delay the payment so that they can carry out stringent security checks on HMRC?
With HMRC, sauce for the goose is evidently not sauce for the gander!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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