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....