You know who keeps saying (well, he would, wouldn\’t he, given that he\’s paid to write reports for PCS, the taxmans\’ union) that it\’s appalling that we\’re cutting the number of taxmen.
However, just part of that process that has contributed so much to making us all so rich, automation:
It aims to reconcile information held on different systems inside HM Revenue and Customs.
The tax authority found millions of taxpayers regularly paid more or less tax than they should after it switched on a new system to trawl through 40m tax records. Around two million people will discover they are owed money by the tax authority, although they will be owed much smaller amounts.
If you\’ve just automated some function you simply do not need as many people as you used to. That extra labour can now go off and do something else. We thus get, in this instance, both taxes collected properly plus that something, whatever it is, that those no longer required taxmen go and do instead. We are, thus, collectively richer, for we now have two things to share amongst us all, not one.