Feeds

Taxman recruits fricking tax-collecting robots

You have 20 seconds to....complete and return VAT form 101

Reducing security risks from open source software

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is unleashing an army of fricking robots to find VAT evaders and eBay traders.

The robots are the web-spider variety rather than an actual RoboTaxman.

But they will target "invisible tax evasion" by those trading on e-marketplaces and offering private tuition as well as tradesmen like plumbers and electricians.

HMRC said the 'bots will work with its Connect computer system to check various different databases like bank interest, property income and other lifestyle clues. So keep those holiday pictures off Flickr and Facebook, unless you don't mind the taxman knowing where you've been.

The software will look for unexplained discrepancies between what it finds online and what HMRC knows about you.

The Rev said it would be looking at people who offer teaching or coaching as a sideline to their main work as well as full-time coaches.

Similarly it is looking at people using e-marketplaces as traders without paying necessary tax, not those selling a few items on eBay.

HMRC's statement on web-robots is here.

The Rev is launching a summer campaign against those trading over the £73,000 threshold without registering for VAT. ®

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.