Catch 22: How HMRC assists in employing illegal immigrants

“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 person’s 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 applicant’s home address.

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Terminology

mikewhit | | Permalink

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 !!

But then again...

Anonymous | | Permalink

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.

"This article is nonsense..."

Anonymous | | Permalink

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.