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.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

MTD's Five Potential Failure Points - Elaine Clark


 

Elaine Clark has written a pithy summary of the five things that could (let's be honest, will) go wrong with MTD in 2024.

-Communication

-Transition

-Volume

-Errors and Corrections

-The Nitty Gritty

The full article can be read here.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

"Clearance Duties", "Brokerage fees" and Other Bollocks


 

Certain well known shipping companies have been happily trying to scam recipients of packages sent from abroad by adding "clearance duties", "brokerage fess" and other such nonsense all under the guise of "Customs and Duties" invoices.

Guess what children?

It transpires that they are taking he piss, and trying to pull a fast one. HMRC are aware of this, and frown upon it.

Those of you who receive such an invoice, are more than welcome to use this proforma letter that I have successfully used on more than one occasion: 

"Thank you for your invoice ***** for £** (dated ***).

 

Please be advised that as no explanation was given, despite repeated requests, as to what the charges were for (prior to the attempted delivery today) the delivery was refused.

 

However, subsequent to the attempted delivery an explanation was received.

I will pay the customs duties of £**.

However, please be advised that I refuse to pay the Brokerage Fees/Admin Fees of £**; since at no point was I made aware of, nor did I agree to, any terms and conditions which clearly stated that I would be liable for any such charges.

 

At no point in the transaction, and subsequent attempted delivery, was any contract for a clearance of administration charge made between *** and myself.

 

I paid the supplier for delivery, and would expect that any international clearance fees be factored into the initial cost of such a shipment.

 

The £** is not a duty or tax, as such you should not use a duty/tax invoice to try to claim it.

I will be making HMRC aware of this, as they have in the past publicly criticised companies for doing this.

 

If you wish to pursue further charges for delivery or administration or the terms upon which goods are shipped, I suggest that you take it up with the company who shipped the goods initially.

Please resubmit an amended invoice for me to pay, and advise me as to when delivery will be made.

Thank you.

 

Kind regards"

 



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  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
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Thursday, 10 November 2022

HMRC's Stunning Improvement in Call Waiting Time

 

HMRC reduced the average waiting time on its phone lines from 14 minutes 49 seconds in March to 14 minutes 2 seconds in quarter 2 of 2022 to 2023.

That's an improvement of 47 seconds.

Champagne for everyone!

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A Solar Protect policy will enable your accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly

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Wednesday, 9 November 2022

HMRC Miscalculating CGT on Non Residents' Property Sales


 

Where a taxable gain arises on a UK residential property disposal the taxpayer must report this gain through the UK property account service and pay the tax due within 60 days of the completion date. It is reasonable to assume that the HMRC online system would correctly calculate the gain based on the figures reported.

For UK residents the UK property account does appear to calculate the gain correctly based on the figures supplied.

However, where the taxpayer is not a UK resident, HMRC has confirmed on the Agents Forum that the service does not calculate the gain correctly, and the system may even tell the taxpayer there is nothing to pay.

Spiffing, another HMRC IT design fail!

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A Solar Protect policy will enable your accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly

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Thursday, 3 November 2022

HMRC Screws Up Customs Declaration Service


 

An error in the UK’s post-Brexit IT border system disrupted companies bringing goods in from the European Union, raising costs, adding bureaucracy and snarling deliveries.

HMRC made a change to the government’s Customs Declaration Service -- which businesses use to generate forms for imports from the EU -- prevented some traders acquiring necessary paperwork on Tuesday.

T he change was introduced overnight on Tuesday. The problem: the new tariff code didn’t work. Trucks were held up at customs depots because their forms were being rejected. As one customs agent put it: The government had screwed up.

HMRC on Wednesday reversed the position, and now claims that the problem has been resolved.

 
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A Solar Protect policy will enable your accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly

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Friday, 28 October 2022

The "Grey" Area - Avoidance vs Evasion


 

The Yorkshire Post reports that HMRC has individuals under criminal investigation for offences classified as relating to disguised remuneration and the loan charge.

A spokesman for HMRC made the comments in response to a joint report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Anti-Corruption & Responsible Tax and TaxWatch which recommended that HMRC changes its approach to enforcement by using existing criminal law to prosecute the advisers behind the most aggressive tax avoidance schemes.

The report argues that much that is claimed to be "legal" tax avoidance is actually criminal tax fraud.

An HMRC spokesperson said: 

“HMRC is committed to tackling tax avoidance schemes targeted at individuals and the amount lost through them has fallen by two thirds since 2013/14.

We continue to make it harder for promoters to sell tax avoidance schemes and to reduce demand, stepping up our efforts to warn individuals about the risks of being drawn in to avoidance, and helping them to get out of a scheme once they realise that they might be caught up in one.”

HMRC has not clarified how many "promoters" have been prosecuted.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly

Please click here for details.

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