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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

BT Reopens 10 Year Old VAT Case


BT appears to have successfully lifted a stay against a decade old restitution suit in the UK High Court for VAT refunds, which originally claimed that HMRC owed them £91.8 million plus interest in overpaid tax.

The situation began in early 2009 after BT wrote to HMRC making a claim for hitherto unclaimed VAT on “bad debt relief” for the period 1st January 1978 to 31st March 1989, which arose because BT had accounted for the standard rate of VAT on its supplies to customers but, in some cases, those customers had failed to pay the operator (either in part or at all) for its supplies.

The law wrongfully said that debtors had to be forced into insolvency before the VAT could be clawed back. HMRC refused to repay the disputed amount and BT ended up appealing before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) against HMRC’s decision (see details of the last case here).

The case ended up in a sort of legal limbo, until 2017 when HMRC made a legal application to strike out BT’s FTT case. According to The Register, BT then asked the High Court last August 2019 to lift the stay on its case there and Mr Justice Fancourt has now done exactly that.


This of course won't progress very rapidly during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

COVID-19 HMRC Clearance Applications

As per Rossmartin.co.uk:
"HMRC have advised that due to COVID-19 they are currently unable to deal with certain clearance applications, the stamping of documents or the payment of stamp duty by post.

Non-statutory clearance applications, stock transfer forms for stamping and stamp duty relief applications must all be sent by email, with stamp duty payments to be made electronically by Faster Payments, Bacs, or CHAPS.  

Statutory clearance applications can already be sent to HMRC by email. As yet HMRC have not issued any guidance about whether they will continue to accept postal applications but it is assumed that they will not."

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Monday, 30 March 2020

HMRC Closes Parliament Square, Euston Square and Canary Wharf Offices



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Friday, 27 March 2020

HMRC's Role In The Self Employed Income Support Scheme

HMRC will pay the single lump sum direct into people’s bank accounts (scheme summarised here).

Individuals should not contact HMRC.

HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

I understand, please correct me if I am wrong, that HMRC will be creating some form of digital portal for this?

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

HMRC Helpline Number Changed For Covid-19

Tax helpline to support businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

New HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
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HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice. Up to 2,000 experienced call handlers are available to support businesses and individuals when needed.

If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 024 1222.

For those who are unable to pay due to coronavirus, HMRC will discuss your specific circumstances to explore:
  • agreeing an instalment arrangement
  • suspending debt collection proceedings
  • cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately
The helpline number is 0800 024 1222 - and is an addition to other HMRC phone contact numbers.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. The helpline will not be available on Bank Holidays.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

HMRC Special Treatment For Expats Stuck In The UK

HMRC has issued advice to British expatriates stuck in the UK due to coronavirus over tax residence rules.

HMRC will allow special treatment to be given to expatriates that face risking their non-residence tax status through being stuck in the UK longer than anticipated.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

IR35 Change Delayed Until April 2021

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay has told MPs that the IR35 rule change would now come into effect on 6 April next year.

Mr Barclay, speaking in during a Commons debate on the Budget, said the change was part of the measures announced to protect the economy from the coronavirus outbreak.

He said the decision was “a deferral, not a cancellation, and the government remains committed to reintroducing this policy
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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Rishi Conflates Avoidance With Evasion


In yesterday's Budget Rishi Sunak has pledged extra funding to support HM Revenue & Custom's crackdown on tax avoidance, which the chancellor said would create an additional £4.4bn in revenue over the next five years.

Rishi Sunak said funds created by an upcoming "clampdown" on tax "avoidance, evasion and non-compliance" would be funnelled towards the NHS.

Mr Sunak said:
"I am announcing a package of measures today to clampdown on aggressive tax avoidance, evasion and non-compliance including extra funding for HMRC to secure £4.4bn of additional revenue."
Seemingly the proposal will see 1,300 staff added to operational teams within HMRC, intended to improve its compliance work and debt collection capabilities. 

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Tax Helpline to Support Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Tax helpline to support businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

New HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice. Up to 2,000 experienced call handlers are available to support businesses and individuals when needed.

If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.

For those who are unable to pay due to coronavirus, HMRC will discuss your specific circumstances to explore:
  • agreeing an instalment arrangement
  • suspending debt collection proceedings
  • cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately
The helpline number is 0800 0159 559 - and is an addition to other HMRC phone contact numbers.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 4pm. The helpline will not be available on Bank Holidays.

Read more about further support for those affected by COVID-19

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Happy Budget Day!



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Monday, 9 March 2020

HMRC Glitch Delays Lisa Payments


HMRC has suffered a systems glitch that led to Lifetime Isa clients across all providers not having their bonus paid on time this month.

Under the Lisa rules, the government will pay a 25 per cent bonus each tax year, which can be up to a maximum of £1,000 if the individual saver puts in £4,000 a year

The FT reports that in a letter sent out to its 70,000 Lifetime Isa clients on Wednesday (March 4) Hargreaves Lansdown said HMRC was experiencing a "technical error", which meant the revenue had not been able to send the money yet.

It is understood the issue affected every provider of the Lifetime Isa product.

According to the letter, Hargreaves was "working with HMRC" to resolve the issue and get the bonus paid to clients "as soon as possible" and by yesterday afternoon (March 5) Hargreaves reported the issue had been resolved and payments would be made in due course.

Danny Cox, spokesman for Hargreaves Lansdown, acknowledged that payments were "slightly delayed from HMRC" but said: "These have now been received and are on client accounts. We will write again to let clients know."

It is understood HMRC had identified an issue with a small number of claims, which prevented bonus payments being processed as usual.

An HMRC spokesperson said:
We are aware of a technical issue, which has delayed the payment of Lifetime Isa bonuses. The issue has now been fixed and outstanding claims for bonus payments are being processed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Given that digital is meant to be the bright new future of taxation in the UK, "wee glitches" such as this do not inspire me with confidence!

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Friday, 6 March 2020

The Loan Charge Is "Bad Policy"

Sir Ed Davey, chairman of the all-party loan charge group, said the loan charge was a "bad policy" that had caused misery to many people and was "very bad for the economy".

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Harra Throws His Toys Out of The Pram


HMRC CEO Jim Harra has written to the co-chair of the Loan Charge All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to “strongly reject” its claims the tax collection agency has “deliberately misled” the public over its loan charge enforcement activities.

The cross-party group of MPs made the accusation on Twitter on 27 February 2020 in response to an HMRC announcement detailing the arrests of five individuals on suspicion of fraud connected to promoting arrangements designed to side-step the government’s controversial loan charge policy. 

The Loan Charge APPG described HMRC’s press release as “wholly unacceptable” for “deliberately misleading” readers by “conflating arrests for alleged fraud with those who entered into loan schemes”.

This point is directly contested by Harra in his letter, seen by Computer Weekly, which is addressed to Loan Charge APPG co-chair, Sir Ed Davey, and dated 28 February 2020.
The press notice does not suggest users of disguised remuneration schemes are also committing a fraud. It clearly states the promoters have been ‘arrested on suspicion of fraud in connection with promoting arrangements designed to get around the loan charge’.

In view of the seriousness of the latest allegations the APPG has made against us, I assume you will want to bring this response to the attention of APPG members and will arrange for it to be published on the APPG’s website.”
The APPG is penning a suitably worded response.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

I am a Taxpayer, Not a Customer!



Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 28 February 2020

The Return of Taxpayers' Charter - HMRC's Attempt To Look Busy


Remember The Taxpayers' Charter?

Well HMRC, in an attempt to look busy, want your views on a revised version of it:

Open consultation

HMRC Charter

Summary

We are seeking views on our draft revisions to the HMRC Charter. The charter sets out the standard of behaviour and values that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) aspires to when interacting with customers – what you can expect from us and what we can expect from you.
This consultation closes at

Consultation description

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) deals with the tax and payments affairs of almost every business and individual in the UK. HMRC’s Charter sets out the relationship HMRC wants with its customers and what customers can expect from us.
The HMRC Charter is a legal requirement under the Finance Act 2009. The legislation states that the Charter ‘must include standards of behaviour and values to which Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will aspire when dealing with people in the exercise of their functions’.
HMRC is committed to improving its customer experience and proposes that HMRC’s Charter is used to define the service and standard of behaviour that customers should expect when interacting with us. It is due to come into effect by the summer of 2020.
You can read the current HMRC Charter.

Ways to respond

These questions may help you structure your feedback, but you can provide general comments or limit your feedback to particular areas:
  • do you think the draft charter sets the right standards for HMRC’s service to customers (Part 1)?
  • to what extent do you feel the draft charter sets out the areas that are most important to customers when interacting with HMRC?
  • how you would like to see HMRC measure and monitor how it is performing against the charter, including how we can best listen to feedback and make improvements (Part 2)?

Documents

Ways to respond

Email to:

HMRC.Charter@hmrc.gov.uk

Write to:

HMRC Charter Team,
Customer Insight and Design Directorate,
9th Floor, 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf,
London E14 5AB

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

HMRC's "Secret" Tax Investigation Unit


HMRC has created a secretive unit to investigate the use of family investment companies by the very wealthy to avoid inheritance tax, putting family offices with an estimated $1tn-plus in assets in its sights.

HMRC set up the team last April to target the issue of FICs. The creation of the new unit, which was not previously disclosed, comes amid growing concern about inequality and the perception that the wealthy avoid taxes by using sophisticated legal instruments.

HMRC only revealed the existence of the new investigations unit, which sits inside its Wealthy and Mid-sized Compliance Directorate, only after a freedom of information request was filed by Pinsent Masons’ public relations company. 

In a statement to the FT, HMRC said:
"The Family Investment Company team was established . . . in April 2019 to look at FICs and do a quantitative and qualitative review into any tax risks associated with them with a focus on inheritance tax implications. The team’s work is exploratory at this stage and as such, we would not like to share any more details.” 
Not so "secret" now!


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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Atalian Servest Acquires Another HMRC Contract


Atalian Servest has been awarded its fourth contract with HMRC in less than 18 months.

The global service provider has been providing cleaning, catering and security at HMRC’s Newcastle office since May 2018.

The latest deal adds another 14 sites to the company’s existing partnership with HMRC.

Services to the new sites will include cleaning, catering, reception, waste management, grounds maintenance, pest control, portering and mail. The company will deploy approximately 250 staff at the additional sites.


Daniel Dickson, CEO of Atalian Servest UK & Ireland, is quoted by FMJ:  
“The opportunity to provide services for even more HMRC sites demonstrates the strength of the partnership we are building. HMRC is on a journey to transform the way the organisation and its people work. With our excellent track record in corporate services and contract innovation, Atalian Servest is perfectly positioned to help the organisation achieve these bold objectives.”

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

HMRC Out of Step With Credit Card Ban


HMRC has been accused of being ‘out of step’ with other large commercial organisations over its ban on the use of credit cards by individuals to pay their tax bills, leaving some unable to pay and facing penalties

This decision taken two years ago gives rise to particularly acute problems at this time of the year, as self assessment taxpayers normally have to pay around half their tax bill for the year by 31 January, says UHY Hacker Young.

Clive Gawthorpe, partner at UHY Hacker Young, said:
HMRC wants to be more customer focused so refusing to accept credit cards just seems remarkably unhelpful and anachronistic. The rule can lead to big financial penalties for taxpayers who are already struggling.

With so many other organisations like budget airlines now accepting credit cards without any charges it does make this policy from HMRC look out of step.’
Such a pity he used the word "customer"!

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Monday, 24 February 2020

Sunak's Light IR35 Touch


Chancellor Rishi Sunak has bowed to industry pressure over IR35 tax changes by promising enforcement will not be “heavy-handed”.

He is quoted by CityAM:
I’ve spent time with HMRC to ensure they are not going to be at all heavy handed for the first year to give people time to adjust as well which I think is an appropriate and fair thing to do."
No worries then!

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Harra Lives In The Clouds


Jim Harra has published his assessment summary of HMRC's "Securing Our Technical Future" programme, backing up an earlier conclusion by the department’s former accounting office Sir Jonathan Thompson that the programme will provide value for money and is deliverable.

The programme involves migrating from existing data centres to cloud based hosting or the Crown Hosting service, along with a review of any vulnerabilities in the legacy IT estate of more than 600 services.

Harra says this is costly to run and lacks agility, and that the new programme will enable HMRC to generate more cost-effective arrangements with suppliers and give itself a more resilient and flexible infrastructure.

He added that there is no requirement for any legislative or regulatory change to make it happen, and that the programme takes in effective controls to protect data from customers and other government departments.

The assessment acknowledges that there will be challenges but says the programme has already passed several milestones successfully, including an independent assurance review and HM Treasury approval of the business case. Further Treasury approvals are planned as the programme progresses.

Harra also says that if any of the main factors change he will produce a revised summary.

Sorted!

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

HMRC Call Waiting Times Soar


The Telegraph reports that taxpayers turning to HMRC for help with their tax affairs are hanging up before even getting through on the phone, as call waiting times have surged.


For the first time in years, HMRC exceeded its average five-minute waiting time per call target in 2019, the latest figures to the end of December, released this month, showed.

The average length of time taxpayers had to wait on the phone before being able to speak to an adviser increased by almost 40pc compared to the previous year and by more than 50pc when compared with 2017. On average, taxpayers waited six and a half minutes to get through on the phone in 2019, but others waited far longer.

Nearly 30pc of callers were left on hold for more than 10 minutes last year, a massive increase on the previous year, when just 17pc of callers were left waiting for 10 minutes or more.

Close to four million people hung up the phone while on hold and did not call back over the past nine months, according to the official figures.

An HMRC spokesperson said:
We are very sorry that some of our customers have waited too long to get through to our helplines over the last year. We’ve taken steps to improve our service and our average waiting times are currently around our five-minute target.

We’ve introduced a range of popular digital services like web-chat and online tax accounts so more customers are getting what they need without having to call us. But we know that some customers want to talk to us directly and we’re doing all we can to keep all waiting times as low as possible.
HMRC really doesn't want to interact with taxpayers directly.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Freelancers Suffer Mental Health Problems Because of IR35 Changes

As per The Telegraph:
"Freelancers are close to having nervous breakdowns and some are considering suicide over tax rule changes that have inadvertently left them struggling to make ends meet. 

Almost a third of self-employed contractors are experiencing anxiety or suicidal thoughts due to the impact of the impending reforms coming into force in April, according to a study by tax firm InniAccounts.

Tax rules for off-payroll workers, also known as “IR35”, have been in place since 2000. Currently, contractors assess their own tax status, but April's reforms will shift this responsibility to businesses.

The regime change is designed to stop “disguised employees” gaming the system, working in a permanent position in a company without paying the same income tax or National Insurance as normal workers.

However, scores of innocent freelancers have been caught out, as large businesses have decided to stop working with contractors altogether, for fear of getting into a dispute with the tax authority. 

It means many have been left out of work for months, or told they can only continue working if they are paid the same as everyone else, meaning higher taxes, less take-home pay and all without the benefits like sick pay and annual leave permanent staff enjoy. 

Telegraph Money spoke to some of those struggling to cope. They asked for their full names to be withheld. 

Ronald, 53, has been contracting for nine years as a software developer, working for banks, insurers and other financial institutions, but suddenly found himself out of work for five months after taking a two-week holiday last summer. 

He said he was heading for a “mental breakdown” and was prescribed antidepressants by his GP to help him cope with his anxiety.

“I was crawling the walls at home. I feel useless if I’m not doing anything and I have never been out of work that long in my life,” he said. 

He took on a new contract in November with a smaller firm, which does not have to comply with the new rules, although he has accepted a significant pay cut and now faces a two-hour commute. 

“The bigger firms just aren’t hiring anymore. Being out of work has depleted my savings and now I am living pay cheque to pay cheque. If I can’t get back to earning close to what I was before, I will end up defaulting on my mortgage. I feel like my career is coming to an end,” he said. 

Mark, aged 41, has worked freelance in cyber security for banks, insurers and in the public sector for six years, but has not been able to find any new work since December. 

He said his doctor had prescribed him beta blockers for his stress, anxiety and panic attacks. He uses the text messaging charity service Shout for support when he feels lowest.

“I still cry a lot and have two young children to provide for. Unless businesses start changing their approach, I will have to go back to full-time employment,” he added. 

Elise, 49, who has Asperger's syndrome, is also having to face the prospect of returning to working in an office full-time. 

“Because of my condition, this would be impossible for me. I’d inevitably have to commute to London, where all the jobs are. This means big crowds, more social interaction and office politics, which I cannot deal with, and it’s a cause of huge anxiety.

“I’ve been a freelancer working in IT since 1999 and have been able to work from home and make a living in spite of the disorder,” she said. 

She added that she has no work lined up for the new tax year and, with the only other option to return to full-time employment, she would either downsize and live off working smaller jobs or move to France to continue working there. 


A spokesman for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it had policies in place to provide extra help with people finding dealing with their tax affairs stressful. 

“The off-payroll reforms don’t stop people working through their own companies; they help ensure the right tax is paid. They ensure consistency in the administration of the off-payroll working rules across all sectors. We don’t want to penalise anyone, just help them get the tax right,” they said.  

It follows HMRC’s controversial “loan charge”, which sought to recover back taxes for tax avoidance schemes once considered legal and promoted by respectable firms. Campaigners say as many as seven affected individuals facing thousands in disputed tax bills have taken their own lives over the policy.

The April IR35 changes are now the subject of a review by HM Treasury, looking at how to smooth the transition to the new system, which is expected to conclude at the end of the month.  "

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Budget Confirmed for 11 March



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Monday, 17 February 2020

HMRC Seeks Harra's Replacement (After His Promotion)

 

Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary

HM Revenue and Customs
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th April 2020

Reference number

41647

Salary

£150,000 - £160,000

Grade

SCS Pay Band 4

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

HMRC - CEO Group - Other

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Full-time

Number of posts

1

Location

London

About the job

Summary

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is one of the largest government departments and one of the UK’s biggest organisations. Almost every individual and business in the UK is a customer of HMRC. We collect the taxes that pay for the UK’s public services and provide financial support for families.

Our vision is to be a trusted, modern tax and customs department, and our strategic objectives are to:

• collect the right tax and pay out the right financial support
• make it easy to get tax right and hard to break the rules
• treat everyone fairly and protect society from harm, and
• make HMRC a great place to work.

We will deliver these objectives with our values of professionalism, integrity, respect and innovation.

We collect around £628 billion a year in revenue from 45 million individual customers and 5.4 million businesses across the UK and pay £25.9bn tax credits to 3.3m families. We handle more than 50 million customer calls and answer around 15 million items of customer correspondence every year. We lose £35bn tax and around £1.5bn tax credits and Child Benefit each year through non-payment, error and fraud.

Job description

The post-holder reports to the Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HMRC.

The role of the Permanent Secretary is to lead the day-to-day running of the department and to head up our Executive Committee (ExCom). As Accounting Officer, the Permanent Secretary is accountable to Parliament for the department’s expenditure and performance and advise ministers on our strategy and objectives.

As Deputy Chief Executive you will have a pivotal leadership role, responsible for implementing the departmental strategy through the transformation and delivery of HMRC’s operational and compliance services. You will lead over 50,000 of our people.

You will be a pivotal leader in HMRC at a time of critical importance for our organisation and will have oversight of our major transformation portfolio, from the introduction of digital services for businesses to the department’s move to a network of Regional Centres.

As Deputy Chief Executive you will be a key member of HMRC’s Executive Committee. You will demonstrate and champion HMRC’s values and play a primary role in the collective leadership of the Civil Service as a whole, personifying inspiring, confident and empowering leadership. Together with the First Permanent Secretary you will be influential in role modelling and championing respect, inclusion and systems leadership both within HMRC and across the civil service, creating the culture and conditions where collective and problem led leadership can flourish in tackling complex challenges across organisational boundaries. You will support the development of systems focused leadership capability across HMRC and seek to build strong and diverse pipelines of talent.

Responsibilities

• Play a core leadership role across HMRC and the wider Civil Service. You will be expected to be an active and visible Deputy Chief Executive, supporting in the leadership of our Executive Committee and working with colleagues to role model and embed HMRC’s values across the organisation. You will be fundamental in building an inclusive workforce and culture to make HMRC a great place to work.
• Implement HMRC’s strategy and deliver our operational and compliance services to make tax compliance easy and fair.
• Be accountable for the operational arm of HMRC; our Customer Compliance and Customer Services Groups.
• Oversee delivery of our major transformation portfolio, driving the most ambition reform of the tax system in a generation and meeting our Spending Review commitments.

Benefits

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

Selection process details

Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) has been appointed to support this recruitment. Short-listing of candidates will involve the assessment of information provided in the application documentation detailed in the candidate information pack.

The closing date for applications is 23:55 Sunday 5 April 2020. All applications will be acknowledged and considered by the selection panel.

Please submit materials requested in the candidate information pack by email to Responses@RussellReynolds.com prior to advert closing at 23:55, Sunday 5 April 2020.

Please include a daytime, evening and mobile telephone contact number, and your preferred email address for correspondence, which will be used with discretion.

The provisional timetable is as follows:

Long-listing w/c 13 April 2020
RRA Interviews w/c 20 & 27 April
Short-listing w/c 4 May 2020
Assessments w/c 11 & 18 May 2020
Panel Interviews w/c 25 May 2020

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Lorcan Lennon (Russell Reynolds)
Email : Responses@RussellReynolds.com
Recruitment team :
Email : Responses@RussellReynolds.com

Further information

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles, which can be found at this address: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment and if you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Carol Maye at carol.maye@cabinetoffice.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at this address: https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints/
www.gov.uk/hmrc

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Attachments

Annex C and D - HMRC 2PS 2020 - Diversity Information and Guaranteed Interview Forms Opens in new window (docx, 18kB)
Candidate Information Pack - HM Revenue & Customs (Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary)

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Friday, 14 February 2020

A Valentine's Day Proposal From HMRC


HMRC is proposing to married couples and those in civil partnerships to sign up to a £250 tax break this Valentine’s Day (14 February, 2020).

More than 1.78 million couples are already committed to the Marriage Allowance boost, but it is estimated more than 2 million are missing out on up to £250 this year. If their claim is backdated, they could even receive up to £1,150. This is the last chance for eligible couples to backdate their claim for the 2015 to 2016 tax year as the deadline for doing so is 5 April 2020.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:
"Applying for Marriage Allowance is a quick and easy way for married couples and people in a civil partnership to have £250 or more put back in their pockets.

It’s fantastic to see so many couples have already put a few minutes aside to apply, and we hope many more will sign up this Valentine’s Day to take advantage of this tax relief."
Marriage Allowance lets people with income of £12,500 or less, transfer up to £1,250 of their Personal Allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner – if their income is higher. This reduces their tax by up to £250 for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Claims can also be backdated four years to April 2015. After 5 April 2020, couples will only be able to claim back to the 2016 to 2017 year.

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Chancellor Resigns - Budget In Four Weeks



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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Fujitsu To Axe HMRC Projects Staff


Despite the fact that HMRC's digital systems are "rickety" and unreliable, to say the least, it seems that Fujitsu is looking to cut back on its workforce that performs project work for HMRC.

The Register Fujitsu employees were told late last week that 82 people aligned with the customer account are at risk of redundancy and were entering into a 30-day consultation process with the ultimate leave date set for the close of March.

Company insiders said there are fewer projects and programmes being tendered by HMRC, which is exiting Fujitsu data centres and sending more work to Crown Hosting and cloud suppliers including Amazon Web Services.


Via the Securing Our Technical Future programme, HMRC is moving 600 services to the public cloud or Crown Hosting. The rationale being that HMRC is to have a more dynamic infrastructure that can scale and be updated where necessary.


A spokesperson at Fujitsu issued a statement:
"Fujitsu can confirm that 82 employees who work on the HMRC account have been put at risk of redundancy. The consultation process has now begun and it is anticipated that less than 30 per cent of these job roles will result in actual redundancy.

The roles will come from the Projects organisation and not from the core service delivery area. The trade unions Unite and PCS have been advised. We are working to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies through voluntary redundancies and redeployments to other areas of Fujitsu."

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Friday, 7 February 2020

Now You See It, Now You Don't!


On the 3rd of February HMRC let slip its much sought-after guidance on off-payroll working in the private sector, only to ‘un-publish’ it a few moments later and replace it with a blank screen.

ContractorUK reports that other than white space where the guidance was live momentarily, mid-morning visitors to HMRC’s Employment Status Manual site could only see: "Guidance withdrawn 3 Feb 2020."


Underneath the message -- displayed by clicking 33 new draft HMRC guidance manuals (titles still visible), a clearly up-against-it HMRC spluttered: ‘Will be republished in due course.’

By the afternoon, the six words were replaced with: “HMRC is committed to publishing an updated employment status manual reflecting the April 2020 reform changes as soon as possible.”

Asked what happened by ContractorUK, a HMRC spokesman responded by reading out the very same statement, but then admitted the ‘update’ was due to a “publishing error.”

In the event any of you have screen shots of the redacted pages, please feel free to share them!

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