HMRC's top 10 worst NMW excuses

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'Marital amnesia' in which employers forget who their spouses are was just one example identified by HMRC in a list of the worst excuses received over the last year from those who haven't been paying the national minimum wage (NMW).

The legislation was brought into force in the UK on 1 April 1999. While the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has responsibility for the NMW policy, HMRC is tasked with enforcing it.

This isn't the first time the Revenue has taken a lighthearted approach in highlighting a serious issue. Back in January it also published its top 10 worst excuses people gave for filing late tax returns, which included classics such as: "My pet goldfish died" and "My wife won't give me my mail".

Scrooge-like employers can be just as ineptly creative...

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By Flash Gordon
07th Apr 2014 07:28

I know one of these employers!

Point 5 rings a bell! (Although to be fair he just doesn't pay them anything)

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By mrme89
07th Apr 2014 10:19

I don't know who you mean Flash, honest!


The NMW is already set too low in my opinion.

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By mwngiol
08th Apr 2014 13:24

I don't really deal with PAYE

"10. Living space: A number of employers claimed that accommodation they provided workers made up for their shortfall in wages."

 My knowledge of PAYE is sketchy to say the least but before the NMW there used to be (maybe still is?) a minimum-wage-type-thing for Agricultural workers, and employers were allowed to make a reduction if accommodation and meals were provided. I take it from the above that this isn't the case with NMW?

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