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.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Power Corrupts - ID Cards and HMRC

Power Corrupts
The Guardian highlights the dangers of government departments, such as HMRC, using the data gathered via the ID card scheme to go on fishing trips (outwith genuine enquiries, wrt serious criminal offences being investigated).

"The controversial ID card system, which has been amended over the last few weeks, may well be used by various government departments to track individual spending habits and assets.

In a relatively unpublicised move the UK government has given the Treasury department, and specifically tax inspectors, the ability to access the ID card database, which shows big-ticket items acquired by individuals in the UK.

It is believed that by using information on the database, the various tax authorities could ultimately create an audit trail of spending and assets for each individual in the UK

It seems that the Home Orifice is reluctant to comment on this issue.

Using HMRC as a government spy will further undermine its reputation and indeed its effectiveness (as time will be wasted by HMRC staff who end up spending their time fishing in "uninteresting backwaters", rather than proactively targeting those who are known to be defrauding the tax system).

It goes without saying that the civil liberties implications of this are somewhat "worrying", to say the least.

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

What is TAXWISE?

TAXWISE 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 Taxwise

Tax Investigation for Dummies, by Nick Morgan, provides a good and easy to read guide for anyone caught up in an HMRC tax investigation. A must read for any Self Assessment taxpayer.

Click the link to read about: Tax Investigation for Dummies

HMRC Is Shite (, also available via the domain, is brought to you by "The Living Brand"

1 comment:

  1. Tracking spending. That's how they got Al Capone, wasn't it? (No ID database for Eliott Ness). I seem to remember the Revenue also tried to get data from loyalty cards but were rebuffed. Now, I wonder about their new powers ...