Those of you with long memories will recall datagate 2007, when HMRC lost data records of around 25 million people.
Stepping forward to 2015 and HMRC have managed to lose some more data (not of 25 million people, but data of one person). Unfortunately for HMRC the data they lost is that relating to David Savil who is an accountant and head of Bishop Fleming a business services firm.
Mr Savil (who has not moved home for 17 years) received a letter from HMRC telling him that HMRC was "unable to trace" his records.
He is quoted by Accountancy Age:
"Having paid considerable sums in tax every year for three decades, and not having moved home for 17 years, I could not believe that HMRC has managed to lose my tax record.HMRC has been asked for comment.
Despite the millions of tax assessments that they get wrong each year, HMRC has been seeking the power to grab funds from our bank accounts. I'm an accountant, so I've been ardent in providing HMRC with my tax submissions every year. But, somehow, they've managed to lose track of me on their radar screen.
If they can make so simple an error in my case, it underlines my belief that they should not be permitted to have their proposed power to grab money from the bank accounts of tax-payers that they decide have under-paid."
Does anyone have any viable theories as to how long standing tax records can simply vanish like this?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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