Two VAT carousel fraudsters had their jail sentences increased by 10 years each after failing to pay back HMRC confiscation orders amounting to £184.6m - the largest ever.

As the department comes under increasing pressure to cut costs, critics have called HMRC's service levels into question.


With MPs and journalists crawling all over HMRC to identify signs of operational failure, more evidence is emerging of belt-tightening and focusing staff time on high priority work.


HMRC’s senior executives appeared before the House of Commons Treasury select committee this morning to discuss the PAYE system.


I have a self employed client who owes HMRC around £50k. They recently sent him a distraint notice so it's not long before the bailiff is due. The client owes both SA and VAT.


HMRC permanent secretary for taxes Dave Hartnett is fighting for his job after bowing to pressure over the weekend to apologise for the volume of this year’s PAYE underpayment claims.



Just received two letters advising a client of ours is due a refund. Yes two letters, 08/09 & 09/10.

Tax Editor Rebecca Benneyworth summarises the issues raised by the Treasury/HMRC consultation on real-time PAYE information and the phase 2 proposal for centralised deductions.


Hello, I'm trying to finalise some accounts for a small limited company owned and operated by a husband/wife.


To add to HMRC’s woes this week, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme broadcast an interview with an anonymous inspector who lifted the lid on flagging morale and operational standards at the tax depa