HMRC Tax Scam Following Underpayment Tax Letters

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By pedigree_chum | Monday, September 13, 2010, 22:16

You may have seen it on the news but if you haven't, be wary of any emails you receive that purport to be from HMRC. I had one of these emails and it was very convincing - so convincing that I even had to double check with my accountant that it wasn't something I should reply to.

The reassurance is that we can all be sure that HMRC are only alerting people to over or under payment by letter - NEVER by email.

The purpose of the scams varies from trying to get personal information and passwords from you to download an executable file that will compromise the security of your computer (and any network attached to it).

For more information on this and what to do if you receive a phone call or email, visit the HMRC website.

It's good to know that although some criminals are jumping on the back of an error, the tax man could actually face a grilling. According to the BBC, MPs could call in the UK's top tax official, Dave Hartnett,  to explain the fall-out over unexpected income tax demands.

The HM Revenue and Customs Permanent Secretary apologised to 1.4 million people who are receiving letters revealing an underpayment of tax.

It is estimated that 2.3 million people underpaid income tax during the last two years due to errors in their Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax code.

Just another example of incomptence at a time when we should be able to rely on the people running the country - mind you, this is about the people who WERE running the country. Again. Very badly!




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    I think it's a complete scandal that at a time like this, people are suddenly being left with huge tax bills to foot. It's not as if everyone will have been secretly knowing they were underpaying. My wife was new to self-assessment last year and we both found it a really difficult process to get to grips with. You can put aside money to save up for your tax bill but then if you get a nasty shock like this, it can really make things difficult and stressful. People who make these big mistakes don't seem to be held accountable though, not in real terms. They don't really suffer for their lack of professional care. A doctor would be struck off for a mistake on that scale, in their work. Why not a tax official or other senior statesmen who got us in to this mess?

    By blackandblue1 at 22:25 on 13/09/10

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