Alienation of the taxpayer is no way to run a tax system. HMRC should take note.

Sounds like a good argument for tax reductions then.

10 thoughts on “Hmm”

  1. I’m not going to go over to the spud’s site and boost his stats , so I don’t know in what context he’s saying this. What I do know is that by the time I left the revenue in 2013 morale was rock bottom amongst the staff who interacted with taxpayers. Layer upon layer of useless arrogant management, new systems that didn’t work, the constant bullying led to a situation where staff couldn’t give a toss. The attitude of management could be summed up as “the beatings will continue until morale improves” The management had always been a bit useless but was mainly benevolent because they had tax experience and knew how difficult the job could sometimes be. Over time management became completely useless and malevolent and had no idea of what the staff actually did.

  2. Isn’t this the guy who says ‘taxpayer money’ is ‘the money the government allows you to keep’?

    Such a government would not have any reason to ever care what the taxpayer thinks.

  3. @ Moqifen “by the time I left the revenue in 2013 morale was rock bottom”

    I left in 1997. It was still quite jolly then. The Inspectors would pop down the pub Friday lunchtime and we would only go back to the office to pick up our coats and go home. I think it all started to go wrong when we had to start calling taxpayers “customers”.

  4. Spud is whining about the 31st January filing deadline not being extended. If it HAD been extended he would have whined about that.

  5. @andrew c – yes it used to be quite jolly in the early days but it deteriorated over time. It was death of morale by a thousand cuts. If I get an underpayment notice I point out all the errors and tell them to foxtrot oscar.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Spud is whining about the 31st January filing deadline not being extended. If it HAD been extended he would have whined about that.

    On what basis does he think it should be extended? Most been have been stuck at home this month with nothing much to do.

  7. My last comment seems to have missed lines which said – “since i left they get my tax code wrong each year. After this years coding fiasco complaint they corrected it, but changed it back a month later.”

  8. It seems that like most outrageously offensive people, Spud takes offence very easily. Frankly, with all the enforced inactivity, most people have had ample time to sort out their taxes. Accountants can do the job just as easily on the kitchen table where they dream of rogering Polly Toynbee

  9. “Most been have been stuck at home this month with nothing much to do.”

    Shows you what a bunch of deadbeats this site attracts, sometimes. Most of the people I’ve been in contact with in the UK have been working harder for longer over the last months trying to bring you the goods & services you require whilst trying to cope with all the restrictions have been imposed on them. Those “working from home” or not working at all have generally been the parasite classes we could well do without.

  10. Tuppence is complaining that the tax deadline isn’t being extended? He’s had NINE MONTHS to do his accounts. I submitted mine back in the first week of September, and was berating myself for being lazy and not doing it during the summer. What does this say about his competence in his professed profession of accountancy?

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