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ESC A19 – the battle goes on

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HMRC’s dubious claims about P14s’ relevance for the purposes of extra-statutory concession A19 [Editor's note: need to know what all the fuss is about? For background information and a handy flow-chart click here.] By: Keith M Gordon 23 July 2014 Another ESCapade Source: Taxation KEY POINTS • The main benefit of ESC A19 is to PAYE taxpayers. • HMRC’s argument …

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NAO slams HMRC for IT project blunder

Wasting Money

The taxman has been censured for “unacceptably poor” management after an IT project spiralled out of control to cost the taxpayer more than £10 billion. HM Revenue & Customs showed a “lack of rigour” in handling a contract for processing millions of tax returns, the spending watchdog said yesterday. The Aspire deal was costed at £4.1 billion in 2004 but …

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HMRC’s £24bn from tax crackdown looks bogus

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Last month HMRC said they were getting some amazing results, despite staff cutbacks they were pulling in £24 billion in taxes – that is nearly £1bn higher than the target set by George Osborne in the Autumn Statement in December. The mainstream media (including the BBC) printed the press releases unquestioningly. But all is not as it seems. Since 2011/12 …

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Taxpayer wins appeal against ‘careless’ penalty

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A taxpayer has won an appeal against a careless inaccuracy penalty for omitting information about his employment income in his online tax return. His argument was that HMRC’s online filing software was to blame. In the case of Andrew Banks v HMRC, the taxpayer was charged a penalty for “careless inaccuracy” after omitting just over £200,000 employment income from two …

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Prostitutes and drug dealers are to be included in official GDP figures

Cash

The British economy is set to receive a £10 billion boost – on paper, at least – as the country revamps the way it calculates its GDP to include prostitution and illegal drugs in its official national accounts. Our economy is in real trouble – of course running the country is complex but the bottom line is that when you …

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Just say no!

Too Much Power

HMRC’s very worrying plans to extract cash from taxpayers’ bank accounts Keith M Gordon talks about HMRC’s grab for more power in Taxation magazine. KEY POINTS No independent arbiter proposed, only “safeguards”. Risk of unfairness particularly with joint accounts. Lack of clarity about previous contact with taxpayers. Sufficient powers are already in place. The possibility of injustice outweighs the alleged …

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