Guardian recently published an article about a mix up emanating from HMRC, which caused HMRC to fine the deceased mother of one of its journalists for the deceased failing to send in her self assessment on time.
Seemingly HMRC knew full well that she had died because it did not send its penalty demand to her house, but to her son at his home address.
"As power of attorney for Mrs B Levene, Deceased".
Power of attorney
ceases on the death of the person who grants the power, the bank accounts
are frozen to protect the beneficiaries of her estate and the executors
of the estate take over. They cannot act, however, until probate is
HMRC, when contacted by the journalist, said:
"We are extremely sorry for the errors in this
case and the distress these have caused.
These should not have happened
and resulted from human error.
There is no question of a penalty being
payable and we are writing with a full explanation and apology."
HMRC added that it was in the
process of reviewing how to improve its service to the bereaved.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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