posted on Aug, 12 2011 @ 10:31 AM
Most people, average workers in particular, know exactly what kind of outfit the Inland Revenue are. They are the henchmen for the government, rarely
will they go after tax evaders unless they know its going to be a big haul, preferring to go after the everyday working men and women who may have had
one slight oversight or through no thought of their own not paid enough tax.
I just got off the phone to my mum who had a letter from the Inland Revenue claiming she owed them £800 and rightly so she was upset. My mum should
be coming up to retirement but instead she is working 3 part time jobs, 7 days a week, just to keep a roof over her head, I normally get her shopping
for her and have been trying to get her in to council accomadation to ease the financial burden (even though she only rents a one bedroom flat) of
private renting, but anyone who knows Britain, will know that an English Middle Aged lady who works is near bottom of the list for any state help and
as my partner and I can't afford to rent a bigger place, we are just getting by as best as we can.
She contacted the Inland Revenue and they said that two years ago she was working for a cleaning company, of which she did not pay any tax whatsoever.
Now my mum keeps all the pay slips and she says it states in her pay slip that she has, not good enough for the Inland Revenue. As far as they are
concerned your name is the one that didn't pay tax, your name is the one that owes us money, regardless of whether or not some two bit cleaning firm
is swindling the tax money. She said that she can't afford to pay it, at first the woman said that she will then be taken to court. She then received
a phone call afterwards by somebody else that said she won't be, but her tax code for next tax year will change and her contribtuions increase. I
said to my mum, how will she know once she has paid it off, will they tell her? Will the computer automatically change her tax code back? Apparently
the Inland Revenue will contact her once they are satisfied that she has paid back the full amount.
I'm sorry but I've had run ins with the Inland Revenue about tax code and they are useless at keeping up with people's right tax codes. My mum will
no doubt end up paying back thousands!
I phoned the Inland Revenue and not only did they say that they would not talk to me due to data protection. They would not allow me to pay for my
mum's tax bill! In fairness the only way I could pay for it would be on my credit card which I have zero balance on at the moment, but no, they
wouldn't allow that at all. She would not even discuss with me why it is they won't persue the company and why they won't allow my mum to present
her evidence simply stating that an individual's tax bill is their responsibility. My mum was on PAYE, the company pays it, that is who you trust to
pay it! How many get their payslip look at a tax contribution and say "better check that that's ok"?
Has anybody else had experiences like this? Where these legalised criminals are allowed to rinse everyday working people and real tax dodgers are left
to roam free!