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The Taxman cometh

BBC NEWS | Business | Bank account plan for unpaid tax
Money owed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could be taken automatically from the bank accounts of people who have not paid taxes, officials propose.

About 200,000 people are chased through the courts each year but the process is regarded as costly and bureaucratic.

The plan would allow HMRC to bypass the need to get a court order to seize money. It would be used against chronic defaulters as a last resort.

Critics say it could mean HMRC acting as judge, jury and executioner.

"Last resort", they always say that... Courts are so tiresome aren't they....

Comments

How many times have HMRC almost bankrupted people by getting their sums wrong and leaving the burden of proof on the small (and now skint) guy?

This is ridiculous. We should all pack up and move to an island somewhere and set up our own sensible society.

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