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Why don’t we trust HMRC?

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Why don’t we trust HMRC?
With an annual budget of £3.1bn in 2014/15 HMRC raised £518bn of tax (and paid out £43bn in benefits the majority of which are State Pension payments accrued by national insurance contributions)…

Waiting for Godot

With an annual budget of £3.1bn in 2014/15 HMRC raised £518bn of tax (and paid out £43bn in benefits).

The £3.1bn number is so low in good part because around 98% (237,000 enquiries of 11m returns) of personal self-assessment returns go unchecked. We allow them to go unchecked because we believe the overwhelming majority of taxpayers to be compliant. This is often what we mean when we talk of tax being “voluntary”: by and large, no one checks what we say about what tax we owe.

This state of affairs is not unusual to the UK. It is baked into almost all tax systems. It works well when what the OECD calls ‘tax morale‘ – citizens’ motivation to pay their taxes – is high. But if tax morale declines, the tax gap (the difference between what should be and is paid) is apt to widen, receipts to fall and costs to…

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Something is very wrong at HMRC

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Something is very wrong at HMRC ( a blog by a QC)

Waiting for Godot

Assume you are a taxpayer who has been underpaying tax for years. The law allows HMRC to collect some of that tax. But it also imposes limits on how far into the past HMRC can go. Underpayments further into the past than the law permits cannot be collected: the taxpayer will get away with having underpaid tax.

What are those time limits? Well, ignoring instances where the taxpayer has been dishonest, they are, in the case of VAT, a maximum of four years – but they may be as few as two.

The formal mechanic by which HMRC collects underpaid tax is an ‘assessment’. And because of the time limits, when HMRC discovers a potential underpayment by a taxpayer going back into the past, its practice is to raise an assessment to protect its position. That way, if the potential underpayment does turn out to be anactual underpayment the…

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The un-redacted spreadsheet of 40 Tory MPs accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour

Pride's Purge

I was getting a bit tired by all of the journalists and ‘Westminster insiders’ boasting about seeing the unredacted spreadsheet while refusing to reveal the names of the Tory MPs to the public.

I have absolutely no idea how true these allegations are. Some are clearly gossip. And most of the allegations are unsubstantiated.

But bearing that in mind, in the spirit of openness here’s the spreadsheet with the unredacted names of the 40 Tory MPs accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour:

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@allsonpearson a so called journalist, LIES EXPOSED!

Pride's Purge

The tabloid press (and I include The Times and The Telegraph in that description) lied about the story of the little girl put into care with a Muslim family.

Here are 10 of their worst lies – along with the real facts of the case as we know them:

1) According to court documents, it was the police not the local authority (as stated by the tabloids) who decided the child should be put into foster care:

2) According to court documents, the foster family criticised by the tabloids was a temporary placement.

3) According to court documents, the child herself is from Muslim heritage and her Muslim grandmother has now been cleared by the courts to look after her. This fact is only disputed by the girl’s mother but none of this was mentioned by the tabloids as it would obviously totally destroy their narrative:
foster muslim 4

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Cuadrilla employees putting protestor’s lives at risk.

DRILL OR DROP?

170704 pnr Kirsten Buus for Reclaim the Power 2 Photo: Kristian Buus for Reclaim the Power

The Green Party is calling on the shale gas company, Cuadrilla, to answer allegations of violence by security guards and staff against protesters at its site near Blackpool.

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So in yesterday’s news, a company part owned by a fund set up in a secrecy jurisdiction and part owned by an Australian company (which itself is Chinese owned), which employs police from different regions of the UK (including one where fracking has a moratorium), complains that some of the protestors are not local.
The Irish CEO of said company has never been known to visit the site.
His security men recently assaulted two of the protectors, we resist non-violently, yet he claims our protests are not peaceful.
Finally there is a lack of understanding of what lawful protest is. This is ridiculous given the nature of his climate crimes.
We will hold you to account for your lies Mr. Egan.

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170703 pnr Kristian Buus Arrest of Kirkham town councillor, Miranda Cox, 3 July 2017. Photo: Kristian Buus for Reclaim the Power

The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, said today many of the protests at its site near Blackpool were by a “small hard-core” of national activists and were neither peaceful nor lawful.

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GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

Posted: June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Quote: “All Our Warnings Fell On Deaf Ears”

this is a scandalous tragedy for all concerned

Grenfell Action Group

Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon (5am) to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to all who have perished, to the injured, to those who are bereaved or are still searching for missing loved ones.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC.

ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time. Below is a list of links to previous blogs we posted on this site trying to warn the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea who own this property and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation who supposedly manage all social housing in RBKC on the Council’s behalf:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/

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