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Security vendor's blog post pinched to make HMRC phish look legit

Netcraft has found that security firm TrustWave inadvertently gave phishers a helping hand. The situation starts in this December 2010 blog post by Gavin Neale of M86 Security Labs, a company since acquired by TrustWave. Until Wednesday, that post included an image of a faked email from UK taxation agency HM Revenue and Customs …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2015

HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

HMRC's eye-wateringly expensive £10.4bn IT deal – "the largest technology contract in government" – could be too risky to change as the department has failed to plan for a new contract model, MPs have warned. The Aspire contract underpins the collection of £500bn tax income for the government. It has also generated £1.2bn in …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2015

Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

Cooperation between HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and foreign tax authorities will only increase as more countries sign up to automatic tax information exchange agreements. This is according to Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, which obtained figures showing a 45 per cent increase in the number of requests for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Feb 2015

Fujitsu and Capgemini's giga-quid HMRC lashup given drubbing by govt auditors

In yet another example of a sprawling government contract gone monumentally wrong – the second of the day – HMRC has splashed £7.9bn on an IT outsourcing deal that is looking very tough to justify. Capgemini and Fujitsu won the ten-year Aspire deal – a merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise contract – way back in 2004, and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014

HMRC dishes out tax rewards to GOV.UK... for inking deals with MEGABUCKS SIs

Departments using large system integrators are eligible for VAT refunds from their IT, while those purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services will be entitled to nada, according to the latest draft HMRC guidance. The guidance appears to directly contradict moves by the Cabinet Office to get departments to buy cheap, standardised …
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2014
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Privacy bods win court battle: UK HMRC must 'reconsider' silence over FinSpy spyware probe

A campaign group has successfully applied for a judicial review after Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs' refused to disclose details of any investigation into a firm accused of selling spyware to oppressive regimes. The High Court in London has now ruled (PDF) that HMRC has to rethink its decision and address Privacy …
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014
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Cough up or else, HMRC tells storage channel biz

Surrey-based storage player Glasshouse Technologies has been slapped with a winding-up petition over unpaid debts from the tax bulldogs at HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC used to issue these orders like they were going out of fashion because it was first in the queue as a preferential creditor if a business went under as a result …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014
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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has said she was "shocked to her bone" that the tax authority used laws put in place to combat terrorism to investigate an employee after he blew the whistle on a deal to let Goldman Sachs cut £8m to £20m from its tax bill. The MP challenged the chief exec of HMRC, Lin …
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HMRC nabs 5 after £500k 'cyber attack' on tax systems

Computer systems operated by the UK's tax authority have been subjected to a cyber attack in an attempted tax scam, it has said. HMRC said that it suspects five men it arrested of using "illegally obtained personal data from third parties" to set up fake tax self-assessment accounts online in a bid to "steal large sums of false …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2013

UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

Comment "There is no question of HMRC selling data." That's the promise from Whitehall, which is floating the idea of "sharing" sensitive taxpayer information with private businesses. It's the latest in a series of attempts from the Tory-led coalition to turn public and not-so-public data into a moneyspinner for UK PLC. A period of …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014
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HMRC ordered to cough up compo for winding-up petition, says Enta

Enta Technologies has claimed that a judgment given at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) last week ordered HMRC to compensate it over a gaffe related to a winding-up petition. As revealed by El Chan, the London Gazette erroneously stated on 29 May that HMRC had issued a winding-up petition against the tech distie, to be heard at …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2013
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Enta Technologies consults m'learned friends after HMRC spat

Telford-based distributor Enta Technologies is taking legal advice after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs incorrectly notified the London Gazette that it had issued a winding-up order against the company. The official journal of record yesterday listed the distributor as facing a petition from HMRC, supposedly to be heard on 10 …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2013

HMRC hops back into bed with Microsoft, finds purse £10m lighter

IT reseller Computacenter has brokered an Enterprise Agreement (EA) between Microsoft and HMRC valued at roughly £10m. The agreement entitles Blighty's taxmen to volume discounts on Redmond gear, upgrades and more over the next three years. It is understood Computacenter will take a small cut for hooking up the two organisations …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2013
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HMRC becomes first gov tentacle to buy cloud through G-Cloud

HMRC has become the first government department to sign a cloud contract through the G-Cloud, the government's online IT services catalogue. Yesterday HMRC signed the contract with Skyscape Cloud to migrate all the tax collectors' data to the cloud over the next six months. It's one of the biggest contracts to be awarded through …
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2012
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HMRC: Moving our data to the cloud will make it MORE secure

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to move data it currently stores in local offices to a new centralised government cloud computing depository in a move it says will save it £1m a year and improve on the security of its IT services. HMRC said it had signed a contract with Skyscape Cloud Services to enable it to store data in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Oct 2012
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UK treasury minister sticks up for HMRC in Google tax row

Treasury minister David Gauke assured MPs that HMRC was doing a good job of collecting all the corporation tax that multinational firms like Amazon and Google owe in the UK during a debate in the Commons yesterday. MPs including the leader of the Public Accounts Committee Labour minister Margaret Hodge and Conservative MP for …
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HMRC Tax Calc

iOS App of the Week The Inland Revenue’s latest on-line tax calculator fell flat on its face when it was launched last week – swamped, no doubt, by starving millionaires desperate to know how much their 5 per cent tax cut was worth. HMRC Tax Calc iOS app   HMRC Tax Calc iOS app Quick input and summary calculation And even when it was up and …
Cliff Joseph, 07 Jun 2012
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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has promised to tackle multinational internet outfits that divert profits to avoid big tax bills in Blighty. The so-called "Google tax" crackdown will reportedly be a highlight of the thin-lipped, Number 11 occupant's final budget before the General Election, which takes place …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2015
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'Real time' PAYE pilot goes live at HMRC

HMRC has launched a pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE. Under RTI, employers and pension providers will notify HMRC about PAYE payments at the time they are made, rather than solely at the end of the year. RTI will eventually support the operation of universal credit, the government's welfare programme that brings …
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Hungry reseller bags HMRC big cheese as COO

Kelway has poached HMRC bigwig Steve Lamey to take on the role of chief operating officer to oversee services transformation at the acquisitive London-based reseller. Lamey joined HMRC as CIO in early summer of 2004 and was made COO a little over three years later. Most recently he was director general for benefits and credits …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2012
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HMRC's real-time PAYE pilot trousers 310 more employers

A further 310 employers have joined HMRC's pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE (Pay As You Earn). The latest group of employers join 10 volunteer organisations which have been piloting the scheme since its launch last month. The tax authority said that more than 100,000 employee records have been successfully received …
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HMRC snatches back £200m in Aspire outsource rejig

HM Revenue and Customs will save more than £200m by 2017 after renegotiating its Aspire outsourcing contract with Capgemini, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. The Aspire deal covers IT services including desktops, laptops and a number of tax and credit systems such as online VAT filing. The contract, which is …

First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

Exclusive The public sector is committing millions of pounds of tax fraud by incorrectly claiming money back on IT services which are not VAT recoverable. Under VAT rules, government bodies can claim back 20 per cent of the price of IT services that are managed by a large provider, as well as bespoke custom-made software. Money spent on …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2015
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Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

Blighty's Trading Standards has reported more than 200 non-EU sellers to eBay for failing to display VAT numbers – a figure thought to "barely scratch the surface" of traders breaching the rules, El Reg can reveal. Under e-commerce regulations, a VAT number must be easily, directly and permanently accessible. As an intermediary …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2015

UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

Brits who aren't online but are entitled to access to the Tory-led Coalition government's childcare tax break could lose out, it has been reported. According to the Independent on Sunday, which was handed a leaked letter to MPs from Exchequer Secretary Priti Patel, up to 200,000 families could be affected when the new tax is …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2014
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Virgin Media gets VAT refund from HMRC

Virgin Media has received a refund of £81.5m from HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) covering VAT payments. The telco said in a short statement that its current contingent liability had been reduced to £23.6m. Virgin Media didn't reveal any further details about the arrangement. In the company's last quarter ended 31 March this …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2011
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Conmen DID use leaked info of sporty civil servants... to attack HMRC

Criminals used the personal data of 100,000 civil servants that was swiped in early 2010 in an attack on HMRC around the same time, The Register has discovered. Now, almost three years later, the government is still scrabbling around trying to work out whodunnit... and only recently 'fessed up to the individuals concerned that …
Anna Leach, 18 Dec 2012
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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

Moves to introduce a national ID database in Scotland could be subject to a legal challenge, a data privacy group has warned. On Wednesday, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) voted narrowly in favour of opening up the country's NHS register to hundreds of public bodies, including HMRC. Critics say the introduction of a " …
Kat Hall, 09 Mar 2015
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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

Under the so-called "Google tax" regime due to come in next year, multi-nationals will have to "self-report" any diverted profits to HMRC and then defend their own activities, according to draft legislation on the Diverted Profits Tax published today. Last week chancellor George Osborne pledged to slap a 25 per cent tax on …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014
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HMRC online tax systems slammed by Private Forum for Biz

HM Revenues and Customs' sprawling online tax systems are not up to the job and small biz folk are paying the price, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB). Talking in the wake of Treasury's sub-committee critical report into the administration and effectiveness of HMRC, the FPB reckons red tape is strangling small business …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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HMRC systems downed by upgrades

The benefits and tax systems are suffering lengthy downtime for upgrade work this week and over the weekend. Our tipster says some of the work hasn't gone very well, specifically in relation to changes to Cisco gear. Callers to HMRC offices are being advised to try again next week as a result. "HMRC have planned upgrades to …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2010
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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

UK government departments still running Windows XP are now doing so entirely on their own. A framework support agreement between the Crown and Microsoft guaranteeing the release of special security patches for PCs still on Windows XP has ended after one year. That deal - revealed here - expired on April 14 and it’s been decided …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2015
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HMRC cuts IT spending in half in 2 years

HMRC has reduced its spending on IT from £1.4bn to £700m in two years, according to Phil Pavitt, the organisation's chief information officer (CIO) and director of change. Pavitt told the public sector efficiency expo in London that HMRC that the cuts had not come at the expense of quality of service. "This year it was just …

'Success'? Verify FAILED for 40% in self-assess tax trial

As many as 40 per cent of online self assessment tax users were unable to identify themselves in a trial of the government's gaffe-prone Verify identity assurance system by HMRC. In a blog post, the Government Digital Service claimed the trial, where just "60 per cent" managed to fully verify their identities, had been a " …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015
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HMRC warns (again) over tax refund phishing scams

UK taxpayers were officially warned on Friday to have nothing to do with supposed tax refund emails that have begun circulating since the deadline for self-assessment tax returns expired on Monday. The scam emails claim the recipients (prospective marks) are entitled to a tax refund, which can supposedly be claimed after handing …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2011
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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

Senior managers at "money service businesses" face up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned. In new guidance on its supervision of money services businesses under anti-money laundering rules (65-page/ …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Aug 2014
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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

Special Report Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was forced to take radical steps to keep the British government's cash rolling in, as its deadline to move its websites into the new GOV.UK digital empire drew near. HMRC even opened a centre for a digital team in Newcastle, one that looked and felt like a clone of the Cabinet Office's …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2015
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HMRC excise tracking to go online

HM Revenue and Customs is to switch from paper to a new online Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) in January. The department said the new system has been designed to reduce excise fraud. Before the paper system is halted on the 31 December, traders will be able to try out dispatching goods on EMCS. To use it, traders …
Kable, 24 Nov 2010
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Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

The economy of Luxembourg is about to shrink by a few billion pounds, with Amazon bowing to UK pressure and announcing it'll book UK sales through its British branch. The Wall Street Journal reports the change began on May 1. The Guardian says Amazon is moving in response to the UK government's diverted profits tax, which slaps …
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HMRC staff fired for racism over benefits

Seven HMRC staff in Belfast have been fired for tampering with computer records to stop ethnic minorities receiving benefits. The sackings yesterday followed the resignation of two more tax administrators when an internal investigation was launched earlier this year. The nine men were accused of changing the tax records of …
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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

Updated A browser startup has undercut some of government's biggest IT suppliers to win its largest deal: shifting HM Revenue & Customs from Internet Explorer 6 and Windows XP to IE8 and Windows 7. Browsium has moved 85,000 PC users from Microsoft’s hated browser and dated Windows XP, out-bidding computing stalwarts Capgemini and …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2012
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HMRC strops its chopper, eyes £235m IT slash plan

HM Revenue and Customs is aiming to save £235m from changes to IT services as part of plans to cut its running costs by some 25 per cent over the next four years, says a report by the National Audit Office. The document, "Reducing Costs in HM Revenue and Customs", says the department's annual running costs in 2010-11 were £3.6bn …
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HMRC issues CD-rom alert to employers

HM Revenue and Customs has warned employers who use its Employer CD-rom to update it immediately to avoid miscalculations. The department said it is important for employers to carry out the free update as it will ensure that they have the most recent guidance and calculators. "I encourage all employers who use our CD-rom to …
Kable, 02 Sep 2010
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HMRC spent £765m through Aspire last year

HM Revenue and Customs spent 44 per cent of its 2009-10 supplier budget through its IT outsourcing deal led by Capgemini. New figures released to Kable by the tax-collection agency through Freedom of Information show that its spending was dominated by two outsourced deals – Aspire for IT and Mapeley Steps. Mapeley Steps is a PFI …
Kable, 09 Nov 2010
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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

Worstall on Wednesday I find myself watching current politics completely open-mouthed in amazement. The number of what are, if we are to be unkind about it, simply outright lies that have become common truths astonishes me. I refer, of course, to the latest revelations of the tax affairs of the nation. The latest round is those revelations from HSBC' …
Tim Worstall, 18 Feb 2015

Gov departments still splashing BILLIONS on big-ticket IT projects

Big Whitehall departments got the green light to splash more than a billion pounds on IT projects last year, data analysis by The Register can reveal. A total of £1.4bn was handed out to the six largest government departments according to their spend exemption data, which is made available as part of the government's commitment …
Kat Hall, 10 Mar 2015

KPMG: UK tech supplier takes on 'majority' of customers from titsup Glasshouse

More than half the workers at defunct storage consultancy Glasshouse Technologies have been chopped after administrator KPMG failed to find an investor to secure the business as a going concern. Glasshouse simply ran out of cash and called in the receivers late last month just days before it was due to defend itself against a …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Software suppliers not ready for HMRC online tax filing system

Updated The filing of corporate tax online is set to become mandatory in the UK in April this year, despite questions being raised about the implementation of the software underpinning the government's shift to the web. The Inline Extensible Business Reporting Language (iXBRL) has been coded into products by over 30 commercial suppliers …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2011
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HMRC mails wrong private info to 50,000 taxpayers

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs apologised today for sending out private information to 50,000 tax credit recipients. One taxpayer who contacted The Register said: "We received our tax credit notice with our National Insurance details but on the back were two strangers' work, childcare and pay details." He then received a …
John Oates, 27 May 2010

Gov.UK annual IT spend edges down... to £4.3 BEEELLION

Government IT costs edged down by 8.5 per cent across the nine biggest Whitehall spenders to £4.3bn for 2013/14 compared with the previous year. Back office systems account for the lion's share of running costs, with more than 80 per cent of IT budgets going on this area, according to El Reg's analysis of government spending …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2014