In what has to be the most cretinous suggestion to have come out of Number 10 thus far in the tax avoidance witch hunt, David Halpern, head of the Government's Behavioural Insights Team (aka 'The Nudge Unit'), has suggested that HMRC should deliberately overclaim taxes so it has to pay taxpayer a rebate at the end of the year.
At the Civil Service Live event Halpern said "it would be better for us to modestly overclaim tax" because when HMRC underclaims people become irritated and tempted to cheat.
He then went on to talk ever more bollocks about the "the psychological boost of getting a rebate" - and the possibility that people spend rebates:
"When people get tax back from HMRC, they feel great.Our taxes are paying the salaries of cretins like Halpern!
In the US, people love it, and they spend the money differently too. So we're trying to persuade you guys [HMRC] that's what you should do. Make sure you have a certain amount of outcome which means you have to give people their money back."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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