My thanks to a loyal reader who dropped me the following note about apparent errors in tax calculations for NHS staff:
"Are you aware that HMRC is issuing tax calculations (and in some cases making substantial repayments) to NHS staff that the Department knows are incorrect?Can anyone provide any more details on this please?
Just spoken to a manager about a client and he admitted that HMRC has picked up the wrong end of year figures. They have picked up the "bank" figures that in many cases will be zero and over-ridden the actual pay and tax details.
HMRC totally unconcerned. They refused to write to taxpayers who may have been impacted. They could give no idea when the calculations are likely to be amended and were too uncaring, or just plain stupid, not to understand the worry and stress that could be caused to potentially thousands of NHS workers when at some point down the line they are going to be asked to repay thousands of pounds.
I asked the manager why there was nothing on HMRC's website - on the home page - flagging up that they had made a really bad mistake. The manager replied "Oh, I don't think the Department would be wanting to do that"!"
Tax does have to be taxing.
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