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Does HMRC change dates of birth without checking??

Article suggests HMRC changes dates of birth without checking

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CIOT News states:

"Self-assessment and incorrect dates of birth
Having the correct date of birth on a client’s self-assessment return is very important. When the return is submitted, HMRC’s systems take the date of birth supplied and use it to update at least 16 other systems. This means that an incorrect date of birth can impact your client’s state pension, Personal Tax Account and even ability to use voice recognition on HMRC helplines.

HMRC tell us that there has been a large increase in the number of returns submitted by agents where the date of birth is wrong – sometimes significantly so. We have therefore been asked to remind members to check (or ask their clients to check) that dates of birth on self-assessment returns are correct."

Surely HMRC does not change something that should be permanent and checkable against other databases e.g. Birth and Death records without going back to the taxpayer first and querying the conflict in DOB?  If it does then it should modify its systems!

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By K81
22nd Mar 2019 15:42

pretty sure HMRC do not have access to birth records!
Agree should be easy enough to check through any other forms that the taxpayer has filled in over the years though.

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By GW
22nd Mar 2019 17:38

Given HMRC's history of accurate record keeping is the problem with the latest returns filed or with the information already held by HMRC?

Is this a case of HMRC finding out the recent return does not match the existing data and assuming the problem is the latest submission? Having been told a while back by HMRC that I had my son's date of birth wrong when I was at the birth and registered his arrival to get the birth certificate issued, I am not convinced their historic data is totally accurate, I am fairly sure in his case information on a hand written form was misread when it went into the computer.

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