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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

HMRC Changes Bank Details - Without Telling Anyone

Kudos to HMRC for forgetting to tell people that it had changed its bank account details, for firms which pay tax using IBAN, in February.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that's right, tens of millions of pounds in VAT and corporation tax has not been paid.

The Telegraph reports that large tax payments from a number of businesses have bounced and remain uncollected.

However, no problem as far as HMRC is concerned.

How so?

It has levied the hapless firms with penalty notices and, even better, has still not told them how to pay what they owe!

A senior executive within the tax department of a listed multinational company, who asked not to be named, told the Telegraph that the first he knew about his £6m VAT instalment being rejected was when the firm received a late payment notice.
Our payment is now nearly a month overdue and we have still not received instruction from HMRC on how to pay. The way they have handled it is so shambolic, I would not be surprised if this is a much wider issue.

These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg as although there was some advance notice in a couple of HMRC publications, those notices did not include the vital IBAN number businesses need to make payments."
A HMRC spokesperson said: 
HMRC’s move to a new bank will be invisible to most customers, who will not need to do anything different when sending payment to HMRC. Customers paying from overseas will need to update their payment details. Anyone experiencing difficulties in making payments should contact HMRC immediately.”
"Piss up" and "brewery" spring to mind!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. Yo, Ken and readers, greetings at the start of another week of the Whitehall Farce; HMRC!
    It just gets better, after gawd knows how many years of Lean or Paceshitter being rammed down throats this is how effective they treat the larger taxpayers, fecking hilarious.
    Does nobody in a position of effect or influence know how to do these things? Clue - if I do A,B and C, what effect might it have on X,Y or even Z? Cause:effect, forward planning, yeah, even managing. Just keep on swallowing the Lean B.S.

    BTW, anyone connected the current state of play at our uncanalised frontiers and Border Farce to the debacle caused by Brown when he blew apart 2 reasonably efficient departments, and lost the plot with the Home Office over HM Immigration???????
    Ex. colleagues falling about laughing and placing bulk order for "We told you so|" T shirts and a knotted red ensign insignia.
    Cant wait to see how the rest of the wee progresses
    hot off the press - Brazils anti-corruption minister resigns over.......corruption...ROFL!

  2. Was this "balls up" on the part of HMRC deliberate or the result of incompetence I wonder? If the former was it a good excuse for imposing more penalties or an attempt on the part of members of staff to bring it into additional discredit?

  3. HMRC = Incompetence