HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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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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  1. I can only speak from experience - if HMRC are prepared to tell massive lies in legal proceedings, then they are clearly an out of control department believing they are free to act with impunity. HMRC liars should be prosecuted accordingly.

    So, HMRC have a track record of dishonesty: do not believe a word the low-lives have to say.

    1. Cut and paste. Cut and paste.
      Same old nonsense that has little or no relevance to the subject in question.

    2. Please go and see a solicitor who specifically deals in employment law (such as the one the DWP employee who won her case used) to sort the matter out. Perjury and perverting the course of justice are serious offences, and if you have evidence this happenned, any decent law firm will take on your case, no matter what organisation or individual committed the offence.

      Just trying to help.