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HMRC Blooper Reel

HMRC Blooper Reel

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We recently received a letter from HMRC asking us to provide the Ltd Co's national insurance number, which tickled us all.

Anyone else had any good HMRC blunders to brighten my day?

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By Monsoon
06th Sep 2019 14:18

I saw one on Twitter the other day - a letter to a taxpayer bemoaning that they had been trying to call them, but that they couldn't get through on the number given, and could they please phone HMRc on the above number to provide an up to date telephone number...

... you guessed it, they were calling themselves on that same number.

https://twitter.com/GirloftheN/status/1162030808061874176

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By codling
06th Sep 2019 16:32

Some years ago when HMRC actually issued assessments (showing my age now) I received one for a client who was a therapist.
You are probably ahead of me in guessing that the assessment actually showed "The rapist".
Guffaws all round!

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By Jholm
06th Sep 2019 16:44

Wow......!

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By Jholm
06th Sep 2019 16:44

Wow......!

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By Selaen
09th Sep 2019 10:31

Not really HMRC but semi-related... CMS have now fixed this I believe but one day I was googling DEO timelines etc and with keywords 'DEO Child Maintenance', the 'Child Maintenance Employer Portal - Help' had a very interesting slug...

"A new employee has told me they are paying a DEO. What should I do? Hide."

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By Wanderer
09th Sep 2019 12:29

Dear Mrs Smith (deceased)

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By Briar
09th Sep 2019 13:57

Having explained to an HMIT that some training costs were for IT systems training, he replied that he couldn't see how the study of Income Tax fell within the activities of the company and was therefore going to refuse their deduction from taxable profits.

Oh, how I loved replying to him and suggesting that he get out more.

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