HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

DRD Unconstitutional

Unsurprisingly many people are still vexed (to put it mildly) about the proposals to allow HMRC to take money from recalcitrant debtors' bank accounts (aka “Direct Recovery of Debt” - DRD).

The simple fact of the matter is that no one trusts HMRC not to screw this up, nor not to be tempted to abuse these powers.

Latest in the long line of organisations to criticise this proposal is the ICAEW Tax Faculty, which stated that the safeguards are far from adequate and that HMRC “should go back a step and consult properly


Powers such as these require independent judicial oversight, the ICAEW are quoted in economia:
this contravenes the constitutional principle of separation of powers”. 
ICAEW believes tax recovery powers must be “fair, proportionate and accompanied by robust safeguards”.

Given HMRC's preponderance to make errors, and to target those who are the easiest to target, it is hardly surprising that no one trusts them with these powers.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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1 comment:

  1. Your readers may be interested to know that Taxation has launched an epetition to get these proposals pulled from the Finance Bill 2015 and have a proper consultgation about the problem of deliberate non-payers. It's at and has picked up well over 600 signatures in just a few days.

    Mike Truman
    Editor, Taxation magazine