Member Since: 31st Dec 2002
7th Feb 2011
Big time and small time
Compare and contrast with the kid gloves treatment of the real fat rats coming forward under the Liechtenstein discosure scheme.
10th Jul 2007
In the unlikely event . . .
What bothers me is that, of course in very rare instances, HMRC have been known to make mistakes. For example, the old HMCE once attempted to distrain my household effects, for VAT that was not due for a further three weeks (I had made the mistake of filing my VAT Return early). And I am still waiting for an apology twelve years later.
What happens if HMRC erroneously freezes a trader's account for a tax debt that is not in fact due? If other payments then failed, the trader's credit rating could be destroyed overnight.
10th Jul 2007
What matters is the body count
I think it is too kind of Rebecca to accept that HMCE are doing 'whatever is necessary' to solve the problems of delays in VAT registrations. What they need to do is allocate more people to the job - and delayed VAT registrations have been a running sore for so long now they have had time to recruit and train up an army.
17th Jan 2006
The point is .....
If HMRC and the Government really can't see what's wrong with saying 'If we can't catch the guilty, then we'll punish the innocent', then God help us all.