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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

A Question of Coding



Oh dear it seems that, despite the fact that Pacesetter is meant to solve all of HMRC's problems, HMRC is still having problems with PAYE codes.

In fact, according to UHY Hacker Young, the problems are so widespread that one in four taxpayers may be presented with the wrong tax bill with pensioners and higher-rate taxpayers most at risk (seemingly two thirds of pensioners on the wrong tax code overpaid their tax).

However, it's not all bad news:

1 RTI, which is guaranteed to be up and running on time, will solve all of this, and

2 HMRC don't recognise the figures used by UHY

A spokesman for HMRC is quoted in the Telegraph:
We don’t recognise any of the numbers cited. 

 Accuracy of PAYE coding notices on the basis of information we hold is 98 per cent. 

Most people are paying the right tax. 

If any agent has information about their clients’ changed circumstances they should let us know.” 
Please feel free to comment if you have been incorrectly coded. In the event the list is long enough I will send it to UHY and HMRC.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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9 comments:

  1. Well, in an office with six employees only 4 had incorrect code numbers which were SO wrong they were ridiculous. Three of us were given a D0 code which means no personal allowance and 40% tax deduction.

    On investigation, (this is an accountantcy practice), we were told there was a known problem where records of employments were duplicated. The officer we spoke to seemed very aware of this as a problem and made the changes, deleting the spurious employment record and putting us back on the correct codes. However, an ordinary member of the public would not know WHAT was happening, just that they were chronically short of money. This was a few weeks ago but is STILL HAPPENING. I had another case today.
    I have no idea if HMRC are doing something to fix this but in the meantime the tax take must be 'up' and they keep saying they are short of money........

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    1. "I have no idea if HMRC are doing something to fix this"

      Not a lot, my partner changed jobs at the begining of the year and had to call HMRC because their previous employer screwed up and they had a problem with their coding. The best bit is that the previous employer was guess who? you guessed it HMRC.

      So when the folks around here shout and ball because the "joe public" cause the problems just spare a thought. Maybe it is HMRC screwing it all up after all.

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    2. I should have added above that part of the problem was that HMRC still had my partner down as working for them, so I guess the stories about dodgy record keeping within HMRC are true after all.

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  2. I unfortunately work for these morons and know of numerous cases of people leaving or even being dismissed but who continue to get paid for years. They make Laurel & Hardy look good....

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  3. "I should have added above that part of the problem was that HMRC still had my partner down as working for them"

    In which case it's the fault of his new employer for not notifying HMRC. People's records stay under the old employer *until and unless* the new employer submits the employee's P45/P46.

    "[I] know of numerous cases of people leaving or even being dismissed but who continue to get paid for years."

    Can you find out what the trick is with that? A lot of us would like to know...

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    1. "In which case it's the fault of his new employer for not notifying HMRC. People's records stay under the old employer *until and unless* the new employer submits the employee's P45/P46"

      But shouldn't the old employer also submit a P45 to show them leaving, then without a P46/P45 from the new employer the record should actually show them as not working anywhere!

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    2. "But shouldn't the old employer also submit a P45 to show them leaving, then without a P46/P45 from the new employer the record should actually show them as not working anywhere!"

      It will be sitting in a mail room somewhere in the UK.

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    3. As P45s & P46s are submitted electronically, I don't think the mail room can be blamed on thi one!

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  4. i worked for them until 1978 I wonder if a claim for back-pay would succeed? :D

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