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That's very interesting. I'm officially self-employed, my income is not high - well, not for the last few years - and HMRC interest in my accounts is not running at the levels it might be.

But I also wonder about incompetence and under-staffing. I don't suppose the pay is particularly good for minion-level inspectors, the different parts of the system - corp tax, personal tax, PAYE, and VAT - don't seem to talk to each other, and although fierce powers are available, it's not obvious how often they're used.

And newer parts are broken. I had a completely spurious demand for £2.4k of back PAYE a couple of weeks ago, from the new RTI system. It seems to have decided to ignore the submissions and pick a random estimate.

I solved it with a phone call. But I doubt I was the only victim.

I wonder how many people paid it, and how much cheaper and quicker it is to send out threatening 'estimates' than to handle real numbers.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2014 at 06:33:10 AM EST
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