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Corporate criminal tax offences likely to further increase HMRC's use of dawn raids, says expert

"Dawn raids" by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on businesses and individuals are likely to remain high following the entry into force of new corporate criminal tax offences, an expert has said. The number of property raids carried out by HMRC as part of its clampdown on white collar tax evasion has increased by 34% over the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 9 Aug 2017
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UK taxmen slammed for tech glitches rampant on child benefits website

The UK government's new website intended to provide financial support for parents has been slammed for experiencing ongoing "technical" problems and outages, leaving parents unable to apply for tax-free support. Treasury Committee chair Nicky Morgan has called for answers from HMRC over the performance of the HMRC-run …
Kat Hall, 4 Aug 2017
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Small biz breaks out pen, paper after Brit tax collectors' Digital Form Service goes down

The taxman's Digital Forms Service, intended to allow small businesses in the UK to submit returns online, has been down for maintenance since the beginning of the week – forcing SMEs to use pen and paper. The service is intended to provide a digital replacement for all appropriate HMRC print and post forms, a key part of the …
Kat Hall, 4 Aug 2017
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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

Plans by HMRC to overhaul the clunky IT system underpinning £34bn in tax at the border may not be complete before Brexit, the UK government's spending watchdog has warned today. The National Audit Office said there is a risk that HMRC will not have the full functionality and scope of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) in …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2017
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Majority of contractors distrust HMRC's IR35 calculator, survey finds

The vast majority of contractors do not trust the results of HMRC's online assessment tool determining them inside the IR35 changes, according to a survey by IT recruitment firm Qdos Contractor. Of the 1,500 contractors questioned, 85 per cent said they did not trust the Employment Status Service (ESS) Tool. However, …
Kat Hall, 9 May 2017

HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

The UK's taxmen have scuppered several piss-ups after brewers discovered the Government Gateway's online duty calculator can't calculate the latest beer tax hikes. "It would have been sensible if, prior to announcing the change, the Chancellor established whether HMRC and the businesses impacted were capable of administering …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Apr 2017
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Confidence in £70m customs system has 'collapsed', warns Treasury Committee

Confidence in HMRC's £70m Customs Declaration Service, a computer system that HMRC itself describes as "business critical", has collapsed, the Treasury Select Committee warned today. The system is intended to replace the 25-year-old current system – known as Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (Chief). But in the …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2017
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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

The IT contractors who built the UK tax collectors' IR35 tool to determine whether freelancers are in the scope of the new tax clampdown have themselves been ruled within the scope of IR35. According to sources, the IT software consultancy responsible for building HMRC's Employment Status Service Tool had a total of 250 …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2017
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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

Government departments have been accused of applying a blanket approach to tax changes under IR35, meaning the majority of contractors are being found within the scope of the legislation by default. One contractor, who had previously worked for the Intellectual Property Office, said all its IT freelancers had been deemed …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2017
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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

The UK government is gearing up for a massive tax clampdown on private sector contractors, in an extension of its IR35 regime to hundreds of thousands of freelancers outside the public sector. This according to multiple contractor recruitment heads, with one claiming those plans have already started and will be introduced next …
Kat Hall, 16 Mar 2017
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HMRC emits IR35 tax calculator onto the web for UK contractors

UK's taxmen HMRC has unveiled its tax calculator for contractors to determine whether they should cough up more cash in its freelancer tax clampdown next month. A public beta of HMRC's Employment Status Service Tool was released yesterday to determine the IR35 status of public sector contractors. The changes have long been …
Kat Hall, 3 Mar 2017
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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that it's ditching the Cabinet Office's new online ID system, and will be pushing forwards with its own replacement for Government Gateway. Sources previously informed The Register that HMRC was been building its own online authentication portal following the planned …

Calls for UK.gov's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme. In 2015 Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was awarded £1.3bn of digital investment over four years, which it said would yield £1bn in extra tax revenue after 2020 by …
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2017
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HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

Plans to raise income tax paid by Scottish earners have got off to a rocky start, after a database scan failed to identify 420,000 people who should be paying tax. The UK's National Audit Office found that a selection error meant that HMRC overlooked nearly one million residents in Scotland whose addresses were not already …
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2016
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HMRC to create new compliance team focused on 'gig economy' workers

A new compliance team which will address the "risks" associated with the changing nature of employment is to be established within HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Financial secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison confirmed the measure in a letter to Frank Field, the Labour MP who chairs the House of Commons Work and Pensions …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2016

HMRC IT boss quit £185k job for more cash

HMRC IT chief Mark Dearnley walked away from his £185,000-a-year job because the private sector paid better, MPs heard yesterday. Speaking at a Commons public accounts committee hearing on Wednesday, Jon Thompson, chief executive of the UK tax body, was asked why Dearnley quit his role, which involved overseeing the agency's …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2016

Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

Facebook has bragged about its "efficient tax structure" in the UK after it was revealed the megacorporation actually earned £11m in tax credits to be offset against future claims from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. An update to Facebook's accounts on Companies House [PDF] this weekend revealed that Facebook paid just over …
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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

Comment UK-based non-domiciled taxpayers contributed £6.57 billion in income tax in 2014/15, an average of £56,589 per non-dom over the year compared to the average of £5,152 collected from the remainder of the population. This substantial tax revenue, as well as other benefits brought by wealthy non-doms based in the UK such as …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Sep 2016

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