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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

Troubled outsourcer Capita accidentally charged 17,000 former miners in the UK tens of thousands of pounds in extra tax, and has blamed the error on a change to HM Revenue & Customs' online PAYE portal. Chris Kitchen, general secretary of the country's National Union of Mineworkers, told The Register that Capita should have …
Kat Hall, 12 Mar 2018
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Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

The vast majority of IT contractors believe they should receive employment benefits, such as sick pay and holiday leave, if they are to be classed within the IR35 tax clampdown. Of 1,339 IT contractors surveyed by recruitment firm Qdos Contractor, 89 per cent said they wanted to be offered employment rights when working inside …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2018
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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has insisted on having a Panama company trading as the “Whois Foundation” formally stripped of a handful of dodgy web domains, even though the firm instantly offered to hand them over when challenged. The sites,,, and, were …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Jan 2018

Childcare is a pain in the bum and so is HMRC's buggy subsidies site

More than 6,000 parents looking to access financial help with childcare have had difficulties with using HM Revenue and Customs' frequently broken Childcare Choices website. Applications, reconfirmations and the paying of fees for the government's tax-free and 30 hours' free childcare initiatives have all been affected, with …
Richard Priday, 15 Jan 2018
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UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

The UK government's spending watchdog has warned HMRC is biting off more than it can chew by undergoing major transformational projects while simultaneously coping with the fallout of Brexit. HMRC's transformation programme is not as "deliverable" as planned due to unrealistic assumptions and increased pressure from the …
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2018
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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

MPs have today warned of the "catastrophic" scenario of UK taxmen at HMRC failing to have a back-up system in place if its Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme is not ready in time for Brexit. A failed customs system could lead to huge disruption for businesses, with delays potentially causing massive queues at Dover …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017
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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

HMRC's Permanent Secretary has defended the UK tax authority's decision to ditch a British cloud slinger in favour of tax-efficient multinational Amazon, citing bumper savings. As exclusively revealed by The Reg, the taxman moved its data out of Manchester-based Datacentred six months ago. HMRC was the firm's biggest client …
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2017
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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

Exclusive UK cloud minnow DataCentred went under after HMRC – its largest customer – pulled the plug on a services contract in favour of a deal with Amazon, the corporation recently accused by MPs of tax avoidance. Manchester-based DataCentred signed an agreement with the UK tax authority two years ago via the G-Cloud framework: its …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2017
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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

HMRC, Amazon and eBay have not done enough to crack down on overseas sellers evading VAT in the UK, a “dismal” failure that has hit British businesses hard, the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee said today. The select committee's report, Tackling online VAT fraud and error, warned that online sellers who do not …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

A kebab shop owner who had sliced off a chunk of his takings and hid it from the taxman has been sent down for 30 months. Mehmet Tekagac, 43, of Viscount Road, Padgate, in Warrington, lied about his shop's takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud. The fast food owner claimed he made around £9,000 a year from the Top Grill …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2017
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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

Exclusive The UK's incoming Chief Digital Information Officer of HMRC is to recuse herself from making any decisions regarding Microsoft, as she is on sabbatical from the company under a two-year placement with the taxman. Jacky Wright was named as CDIO last week, and will take up the £180,000 per annum role in October 2017. She is …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017
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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

"Unprecedented challenge" was the phrase which kept being repeated in a recent Treasury Select Committee hearing regarding Brexit, the customs union and HMRC. The department is already undergoing the “largest transformational change in Europe,” with plans to digitise the tax system, while simultaneously untying itself from the …
Kat Hall, 15 Sep 2017
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HMRC scoops up Microsoft veep for CIO role

HMRC has named Microsoft veep Jacky Wright as its next CIO, The Register can confirm. Wright will replace interim CIO Mike Potter, who headed up the department's technology since former top brass Mark Dearnley stepped down in October 2016. Last year it emerged that Dearnley walked away from his £185,000-a-year job because the …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2017
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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

MPs have accused Amazon and eBay of profiteering out of companies based overseas that are fraudulently using their platforms to dodge VAT - and supposedly putting Brit SMEs out of business while they're at it. In a Public Accounts Committee hearing, MPs heard that Amazon had collected the money from products sold by 23,000 non …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2017

UK taxman forks out to parents after glitch smacks child benefits site

The UK government has resorted to manually issuing childcare payments, and has paid out £45,000 in compensation, after technical glitches meant parents couldn’t access their accounts on a new childcare benefits website. The government’s Childcare Service website - which allows parents to apply for two new benefits: tax-free …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Aug 2017
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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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