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Dave Hartnett off the hook

Dave Hartnett off the hook

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A Daily Mail reporter has uncovered a scandal which involves up to 10 million taxpayers. It transpires that millions of people are receiving electricity bills based upon little more than an estimate of their actual usage. The result is that the same people who have been traumatised by having to pay additional tax are now receiving bills from their electricity suppliers of up to £50.

When asked to comment, Energy Minister Chris Huhne said "this is an outrage and I shall be speaking to the Chief Executives of all the electricity suppliers involved with a view to them writing off any underpayments".

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Nichola Ross Martin
By Nichola Ross Martin
15th Sep 2010 13:46

Nope you have lost me

Sorry about the only thing relevant to tax in this posting is that apparently this only applies to taxpayers as opposed to non-taxpayers.

So the energy companies are allowing customers interest free credit? You can always read your own meter and send in a reading if you don't like it. Somewhat different than PAYE where most people think that they are paying as they go and where you cannot adjust your own coding with a quick phone call.

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By PennyC
15th Sep 2010 14:17

Someone

appears to have missed the humour in the opening post.

But on a serious note, it does in fact require nothing more than a quick phone call to adjust a PAYE code. ('Quick' referring to the actual time taken to deal with it after waiting for an hour for the phone to be answered!)

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Nichola Ross Martin
By Nichola Ross Martin
15th Sep 2010 14:24

Irony

I was being ironic - come on, there is no such thing as a "Quick phone call" when it comes to PAYE.

By the way it was noted before the Treasury Select Committee today that HMRC has set up a special hotline for MPs to use in the PAYE crisis. Lesley Strathie declined to give out the number on air, and she conveniently did not know or forgot the number of the national helpline.

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By cymraeg_draig
15th Sep 2010 15:43

Lesley Strathie declined to give out the number on air, and she conveniently did not know or forgot the number of the national helpline.

 

Posted by Nichola Ross Martin on Wed, 15/09/2010 - 14:24

 

I'm amazed she knew what day of the week it is after her pathetic performance on "Waltchdog".  It's not just Hartnett who should receive a P45.

I still want to know what qualifies someone who spent the last 30 years working in the Department of Employment/Jobcentre to run HMRC ?  Her experience of taxation is exactly what ?

 

 

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