Catch 22: How HMRC assists in employing illegal immigrants

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Illegal working hurts good business, undercuts legal workers and creates illegal profits. It also puts illegal workers themselves at great risk. By working together with employers we can level the playing field and tackle the exploitation of vulnerable migrants. The UK Border Agency

HM Revenue and Customs has to verify a persons ID when they register as self-employed, for CIS, tax credits etc.

One of the forms of ID can be a letter from a Government department to the applicants home address. If you are a failed asylum seeker you will certainly have also a letter from a government department, namely the Home Office.

This letter will say that the subject is specifically forbidden from working or claiming benefits, as the failed asylum seeker has been denied rights to asylum.

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25th May 2008 13:06

Terminology
I don't see how having had your asylum application refused makes you an illegal immigrant, any more than having some tax relief disallowed makes you a tax evader ...

... perhaps the title should say "illegally employed immigrant" which is not the same thing !!

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By Anonymous
23rd May 2008 12:46

But then again...
the Data Protection Act does forbid sharing, and a letter from a government department is one method of checking IDs. So you can see that there might be some method in the madness.

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By Anonymous
23rd May 2008 10:19

"This article is nonsense..."
If the contents were true (and they are explicitly denied by HMRC) then it would be truly outrageous.

However outrageously HMRC might behave in other matters, spreading false accusations about them is to say the least counter-productive, and risks letting them off the hook elsewhere.

If there is no truth in the story, and Accountingweb accepts HMRC's statement, then it would be better not to have given this blogger the free publicity.

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