HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
Dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have to endure the monumental shambles that is HMRC.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Penalties For Late Submissions of Foreign Customer Accounts


Law360UK reports that HMRC is insisting that financial institutions must hand over foreign customer account information to HMRC by the end of May, under international information reporting rules aimed at clamping down on tax evasion, or risk being hit with financial penalties.

Banks, building societies, insurance companies and investment houses have until May 31 to provide details about clients outside the UK which have financial accounts and investments in Britain under the first year for common reporting standards filing, or CRS.

HMRC has advised firms to check whether they need to register and submit a return and to make the submission before the deadline if so.
Returns submitted after the deadline or the filing of an incorrect return may result in penalties being charged.” 
You have been warned!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

HMRC Dodged a Cyber Bullet


My thanks to a loyal reader for posting this comment the other day, wrt the recent cyber attack that hit the NHS and other organisations:
"Ken the truth is that HMRC were very lucky to dodge the Wannacrypt bullet. When the attack took place last Friday the vast majority of their Windows kit was not patched against it including over 2/3 of the Windows 7 desktops and nearly all of the newer Windows 10 machines. Worse a lot of HMRCs Windows servers - some running national system - were also at risk. This included of support boxes running Windows Server 2003 (XP equivalent) and barely in support Windows Server 2008 machines
(Vista equivalent). 


The tech support teams have been frantically patching their machines all week and presumably will be continuing the exercise for days to come. If the attack had made it past the Departments external firewalls and email defences they would have been in serious trouble. The Malwaretech who activated the Wannacrypt kill switch by registering a domain name probably saved their bacon. That is not to say they will be safe in the future because HMRC also run a lot of software in the non Windows space which is also years out of support. The department is really a slow motion IT train wreck."
HMRC was lucky this time!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

HMRC Probe Employee Expense Claims


The FT reports that the cost of tax relief on employees’ out-of-pocket expenses increased by a quarter to £800m in the five years to 2014-15.

Unsurprisingly HMRC is not at all happy about this, and said that it wanted to understand it better. It has asked for input from employers and others “to ensure the relief is being used in the way it was intended”.

Although HMRC claims it does not want to end the relief, you can be assured that something is coming!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Skynet Cyber Attack

I am somewhat surprised that yesterday's global Skynet cyber attack seems to have left HMRC unscathed!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Friday, 12 May 2017

Stephen Hardwick Leaves HMRC

 
My thanks to a loyal reader who posted a comment yesterday alerting me to the fact that Stephen Hardwick (Communications Director initially appointed on a temporary basis in 2011) has left HMRC.

His LinkedIn profile implies he has not yet found a new role:

Director of Corporate Communications


Company Name HM Revenue & Customs


Dates Employed Sep 2011 – May 2017


Employment Duration 5 yrs 9 mos


Location London, United Kingdom


I advised the Executive Committee and Board on communications and reputation in a Department with 65,000 staff and annual revenues of £537 billion from 49 million individuals and 5.4 million businesses. I was a member of the Executive Committee, a broadcast spokesperson and represented HMRC at cross-government forums.

I led 300 staff in media, social media, internal communications, marketing, design, stakeholder relations, corporate publications, sustainability, and HMRC’s Building our Future engagement programme. I managed a budget of up to £20 million a year and was HMRC’s environment champion.

Key achievements:

- repositioned HMRC as a transparent, confident and effective organisation, robustly handling controversies over customer service, tax avoidance by multinationals and international data leaks through proactive media and stakeholder engagement

- influenced senior leadership decision making, advising both on strategy and operations, to ensure the effective delivery of HMRC’s objectives, while protecting its reputation

- transformed HMRC’s approach to employee engagement, creating a compelling narrative and establishing a programme of leader-led face-to-face events. Since April 2014 we engaged 65,000 staff in 2,200 events to discuss HMRC's vision, and in November 2015 involved 1,600 managers to make simultaneous face-to-face announcements about our location strategy

- restructured communications, integrating the corporate centre and business lines, rationalising the structure, defining the scope of authority and accountabilities, and significantly reducing cost and headcount

- developed a campaigns-based integrated communications strategy, directly aligned to HMRC’s business priorities and objectives, covering all aspects of communications and engagement, with clear measurement and evaluation

- improved communications professionalism, pioneering communications evaluation and leading cross-government capability improvement projects.


His Twitter feed says he is "funemployed":

Did he fall, or was he pushed?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Making Tax Digital Theatre


A very popular show, it will run and run!

Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"