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Thursday, 19 January 2012
HMRC's Money Making Scam II
Now, as my loyal readers know, we are rapidly approaching the deadline (31 January) for the filing of online tax returns for tax year end 2011.
This year HMRC have added another money making string to their bow, in the shape of an automatic fine of £100 for any returns that are submitted late (even if there is no tax due).
In my very humble opinion fining people for submitting a late return, on which they have no tax liability, is a farking disgrace; and clearly is a blatant attempt by the bankrupt state to screw the taxpayer for as much money as possible.
As we know, the "state is unlawfully using late-payment penalty fines against tens of thousands of small firms who do not file their tax returns on time as a "cash-generating scheme" for the Exchequer."
Anyhoo, thus far, HMRC have stated that they are determined to collect these unjustified fines from anyone who misses the deadline (even if they owe no tax).
Given that there will doubtless be quite a few people (who owe no tax) who miss the deadline (human being are human beings, no matter what a government bureaucracy would like to turn us into), it will be very interesting to see what happens in February, March and beyond when the fines start dropping onto doormats.
Despite the fact that the political "elite" have no intention at the moment of removing their snouts from the trough, I suspect that this blatant money making scam will come back to bite HMRC and the government on their bureaucratic arses. There will be some very heavy political backpedalling, when the politicians realise that this is a step too far.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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