On the subject of debt collectors, it seems that (according to This is Money) HMRC have been a wee bit quick off the mark to send in debt collectors to collect small amounts of tax credits etc overpaid many years ago.
Apparently, HMRC is setting debt collectors on unsuspecting taxpayers without any prior warning. Pensioners and families are receiving threatening letters out of the blue from debt recovery agents demanding immediate payment. Elderly people are being hounded for debts that are more than a decade old, and other diligent taxpayers are being wrongly harassed after the tax office botched some of its calculations.
The amounts are usually small, and those affected often have no idea that they owe a penny. However, instead of a letter advising taxpayers they need to make a payment, officials are calling in debt collectors.
My Twitter chum Elaine Clark, managing director of CheapAccounting, hits the nail firmly on the head:
"HMRC should be going after big firms who have failed to pay their tax, not pensioners over £200 dating back from years ago that they didn’t realise they owed."Unfortunately, low hanging fruit are always the easiest and most tempting to pick!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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