September 07, 2010

HMRC To Take ALL Your Money

And then decide how much/how little to send on to your bank account.

In a move that stinks of totalitarianism, fascism, and pure cuntishness, HMRC have said that they need to take it all. All of it. Your whole salary. Naturally, no mistakes will be made. Everyone will be dealt with fairly and disputes will be swiftly resolved.

We wish.

They will make mistakes. They will retain the whole salary from some people as the computer, when asked, "Can we send Mr Jones any money this month?", will simply say "No". The dispute will take months to resolve, and in the meantime? No food for your family, no bills get paid, the leccy gets switched off, so now you will freeze or starve to death, whichever comes sooner. All because HMRC had a brainfart.

Thaddeus J. Wilson gives us more details over at Anna's place. I strongly urge you to read it all, then tell everyone you know. Just to be sure, tell everyone you don't know as well.

This shit has to be stopped right now.

Here you go:

"It’s been a while since there has been a story in the press that left me with my jaw so far down that it hurt. But today, I believe, we are firmly back in the deranged world of government gone completely insane:
HM Revenue and Customs could take direct control of every worker’s monthly pay cheque under plans to overhaul the error-prone income tax system.
Instead of employers deducting income tax then paying gross salaries to employees, the gross monthly payment would go to an HMRC-run tax “calculator”, which would then pass the net salary to the worker.
The reform would mean the end of traditional monthly payslips, because employers would no longer be able to tell workers how much tax they had paid each month.
The immediate thought that comes to mind is: what do we do when (and not if!) this all goes wrong? What happens when, as will inevitably happen, HMRC makes a balls up and takes your whole month’s salary? Who will you fight with? Without a payslip, how do you budget for the forthcoming month, especially if you are on highly variable wages? What about people with all sorts of different sources of income? How will this “help” them? What about people who have valid reasons for submitting an annual return to claw money back?
Inevitably, this kind of glorious “lateral thinking” is a result of the many failings of the people in HMRC. Why is the long-suffering taxpayer being exposed to this extraordinary risk? It’s not like the government exactly has a fantastic track record when it comes to grandiose computer systems.
I’m going to do something that I don’t generally do, because I’m not as erudite at campaigning as Anna: I’m going to ask you to spread the word about this as far as you can; I’m going to ask you to write to your useless MP and complain in the strongest possible terms about this insane idea; write to your local newspaper, tell all your friends and do everything you can think of to stop this insane idea from becoming reality.
Because although Anna is a wonderful campaigner, I don’t think there’s enough of her to go around to save each and every one of us!
UPDATE: I am generally loathe to update articles, especially if they have only just been published, but I feel that this information may be of great value to 1.4 million taxpayers:
The first batch of 45,000 letters demanding cash to be repaid will start to arrive on Tuesday – with the rest sent out over the next four months.
But accountants said recipients should act swiftly to use a little-known loophole which forces HM Revenue and Customs to abandon ‘out of the blue’ demands and effectively write off the money.
They also insisted many of those affected are entitled to argue that they or their employer have done nothing wrong and should not be penalised for someone else’s blunder.
Enough is enough. It is time to starve these incompetent thieves of our hard-earned money!"

I've been saying this for over a year. They need to starved of our cash. Their addiction to our money has them by the throat. It will only get worse if we allow the addiction to run unchecked.
The only cure is cold turkey.

If it sits better with you, call it a "public service".



I am Stan said...

Its like being slowly being enveloped by a giant squids tentacles and squeezed tighter and tighter, the more I wriggle the tighter the grip gets.

Caratacus said...

Stan, thought you said "testicles" for a moment there, phew!

Captain - will do. Everyone I know is going to hear about this latest piece of fuckwittery. These gormless, grasping, anally-retentive, holier-than-thou pieces of shit need fighting at every turn.

Off to sharpen the bayonet now. If I can find it in my little box of treasures...

I am Stan said...

Caratacus said...

Stan, thought you said "testicles" for a moment there, phew! squid have testicles?

Anonymous said...

I wonder what would happen if HMRC took all their own employees money?

James Higham said...

With my site going down, I've just seen this issue - are they off their brains?

Snakey said...

I sometimes wonder if they put this kind of thing out into the public domain in order to assess the amount of outrage it will cause. Then they will say they are withdrawing the idea because they are listening to the "public".

When I read the article in The Telegraph yesterday, I kept it in case it goes down the 'memory hole'. Centralising the pay of millions of workers has to be the most insane idea I've ever read. I can't see employers liking it, never mind employees.

If they do go ahead with this idea people will simply arrange to be paid cash in hand and then the State will have to withdraw all the fiat currency, (i.e ban paper money), and issue everyone with 'credits'. I wonder if that is what is underneath this bizarre idea?