The taxman will be accused by MPs today of hounding innocent workers on benefits while letting rich tax dodgers off the hook.
An American contractor employed by HM Revenue and Customs adopted a ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach in pursuing low-income households suspected of fraudulently claiming tax credits, a report says.
Around 45,000 are thought to have been wrongly stripped of tax credits. Of the 25,000 who appealed, 90 per cent were successful.
The new rules if you owe tax are guilty until proven innocent. Pay up before the appeal is heard, no? Spudtollah thinks this is a wonderful idea.
No doubt there is some difference between owing money to the government and owing money to the government.