HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
Dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have to endure the monumental shambles that is HMRC.

Friday, 26 April 2019

HMRC To Accept Online Complaints


As from this Autumn (theoretically) taxpayers will be able to send HMRC complaints online.

Our ever efficient and competent government has declared its ambition to be “one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world”.

Currently people who contact the Adjudicator’s Office to make a complaint against HMRC or the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) can only do so currently by post, telephone or fax.

The FT reports that Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury select committee, wrote to HMRC this month expressing astonishment that the public were unable to contact the Adjudicator’s Office by email. In response to her letter, Jim Harra, second permanent secretary and deputy chief executive of HMRC, promised to provide an email address for the Adjudicator’s Office by the autumn.

He blamed HMRC’s prioritisation of leaving the EU for the delay in digitising the department’s complaints process.

Prediction: the system will crash within hours!

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Breakdown In Communications Between HMRC's Systems


Wendy Bradley has written a thoughtful article examining the new HMRC support for customers who need extra help.

Please note the use of the word "customers" is HMRC's not hers!

In summary it appears that HMRC's systems are designed to put people off from interacting with HMRC staff, and if they eventually do then HMRC does its best to foist the question/problem onto third parties unconnected with HMRC.

The full article can be read here.

The final part of Wendy's article notes that HMRC had to send a letter of apology to a taxpayer for sending in bailiffs fro an amount already paid by standing order:
"these briefing letters were issued in error as a result of a breakdown in communication between the systems we use."
Another success story!

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Mel Stride Washes His Hands of HMRC


As I have noted many times over the years, this conflict of interest and lack of accountability will only be resolved if there is a cabinet post created specifically for HMRC.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Thursday, 18 April 2019

DO NOT RETWEET HMRC's PROJECT ROAR PICTURE


Therefore, whatever you do:

DO NOT COPY THE PICTURE AND POST IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ASK PEOPLE TO REPOST/RETWEET IT! 

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Monday, 15 April 2019

Irony Klaxon Alert - Mel Stride's Dad Sells Tax Investigation Insurance


As per Stride Insurance:
"The past few years have seen HMRC implement a wave of new measures in a bid to crack down on individuals and businesses not paying enough tax.

At first, HRMC introduced tax amnesties to tax payers to make voluntary disclosures of undeclared taxable income, in exchange for forgiveness of tax liabilities. Then it was revealed that HMRC would start carrying out spot checks of business premises, where representatives inspect tax records on everything from corporate income and PAYE, to NI, Capital Gains and VAT.

If you pay tax, HMRC could pay you a visit at any time and inspect your records. Even if you’ve been honest and accurate declaring tax, it’s possible that they will launch an enquiry, which could end up being a costly endeavour. Appealing a decision can mean even more money, plus your precious time – something we know is in short supply if you have your own business to run."
Very true, and it is "nice" that Stride then goes on to offer to sell you tax investigation insurance.

Who is Stride run by?

None other then Mel Stride's (Financial Secretary to The Treasury, and Loan Charge enforcer) father, ooh the irony!

Oh, and by the way, if you want to buy tax investigation insurance then may I suggest you check out the 10% discount I have negotiated on these products.

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Thursday, 11 April 2019

HMRC's IT Insecurity


Chelsea Duncan tried to log on to her own tax account using the HMRC website only to be plunged into another woman’s private affairs including seeing what benefits she received.

Ms Duncan used her mobile phone to access HMRC’s website and was shocked to see the account of someone with the same surname.

She is quoted by The Evening Telegraph:
I couldn’t believe it.

I used my name, driver’s licence and bank details plus my insurance number and all of my private details – then I got logged into that other girl’s private account.

It showed me everything from the amount of benefits she receives, her national insurance number, date of birth, address and what she is entitled to.

I have not contacted the girl because I didn’t want to scare her.

I went straight on to the revenue and complained about it and got to a manager who promised to change everything.

He noted that I had contacted them, took my details and said it would be taken care of.

But when I logged back on I was still in her account and blocked from my own. It’s just crazy. I took a video of the whole thing on my phone in case they need to see it.
A spokesman for HMRC said they would not comment on individual customers and added: 
We take the safeguarding of customer data very seriously and if someone believes the details we hold for them are incorrect, we would ask them to contact us immediately.
Well then!


Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Monday, 8 April 2019

MPs Say Loan Charge Review Is a Sham



Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Thursday, 4 April 2019

HMRC Is "Out of Control"


As per para 209 of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Loan Charge Inquiry April 2019 Final Report:
"HMRC conduct overall

HMRC’s conduct with regard to the Loan Charge indicates that it is an organisation out of control, urgently needing better and proper scrutiny and genuine accountability.

The Loan Charge Inquiry believes that HMRC’s behaviour regarding the Loan Charge confirms that the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee were right in calling for a ‘Powers Review’ and for a new system of Parliamentary accountability and scrutiny.

The APPG supports these recommendations."

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

No Record of 10,000 Lost Counter Avoidance Files


At the beginning of March I raised an FOI with HMRC over the loss of 10,000 counter avoidance files in 2014.

They have responded thusly:
"Following a review of our records, I have established that HMRC does not hold the
information you requested. 


There is no record of any data losses in Counter-Avoidance Directorate reported to the scale referenced in your request."
A well worded response ;).

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

NAO Response Re Lost 10,000 Counter Avoidance Files


I have just received this response from the NAO's Director HMRC Value for Money, wrt my email to them concerning the lost 10,000 counter avoidance files.
 "Thank you for your email of 6March, in which you asked whether the National Audit Office was aware of the loss of 10,000 counter-avoidance files of high net worth individuals by HMRC in 2014. You provided a link to your Freedom of Information request to HMRC on the topic, in which you asked HMRC for further details on the nature of the alleged incident. I am replying to your message as the NAO Director with responsibility for the audit of HMRC’s performance.....

As was the case in 2014, there is currently no formal requirement for HMRC to inform the NAO of data breaches, such as the one you refer to in your email.In 2014 HMRC would have had to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 which specifies roles and responsibilities and any reporting requirements. The Act did not require Departments to report breaches to the NAO.....

Although there is no formal requirement to notify the NAO of data breaches, we do, however, expect to be made aware of any breaches that have occurred through our annual financial audit of HMRC. As part of our financial audit, we review papers and minutes from HMRC's Board, Executive Committee and Audit Committee. We also review the disclosures in HMRC's Annual Report.3The data-related incidents which HMRC reported in its Annual Reports in 2013-14 and 2014-15 are outlined in the table below.4HMRC did not make reference to the alleged incident which you have raised, and our review of minutes for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 financial years did not identify any information which was inconsistent with the incidents as reported...."
Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Monday, 1 April 2019

HMRC Helped Fund Al Qaeda


Just when you thought that HMRC couldn't sink any lower, it comes along and surprises you yet again. It seems that HMRC have been happily aiding Al Qaeda raise funds for its terrorist activities.

British-based Asian gangsters mounted mammoth VAT, benefits and other frauds against the Treasury totalling £8bn, according to leaked intelligence files. Tens of millions was then sent to Pakistan to fund madrasahs and training camps.

As if that were not bad enough, it seems that HMRC were aware of this, but chose not to tell MI5!

HMRC investigated the British gang for years and identified links to Shehzad Tanweer, a 7/7 bomber, at least two years before the 2005 attack on London. However, HMRC bosses declined to share the intelligence with MI5 citing taxpayer confidentiality.

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"