- Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:38
- Written by Troy Stevens
As much as the taxman would like be seen by the public as a totally charitable, benevolent and optimistic insignia of officialdom, we explore some of the darker sides of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, and reveal their unseen iron fiscal fist.
Nothing gets those brutes in suits more riled up than an old fashioned dose of tax avoidance. When Amazon began selling t-shirts that read ‘Keep Calm and Avoid Paying Tax’, the nation was poised for the inevitable headlines reporting how George Osborne had gone postal. *Alas this never happened, Amazon quickly and quietly took the t-shirts down*
In a more serious note, throughout recent years professionals of any field or industry have been affected by the taxman’s wrath, those who are self-employed bearing the brunt with dreaded brown envelopes inescapably falling onto their doorstep like a nightmarish take on Harry Potter owl mail.
Innocents were targeted amongst the ‘sort of’ guilty, and minor fines and penalties were dressed up to appear like life-sentence bearing grudges.
With threats being dished out left right and centre, words such as ‘tax return’ and ‘IR35’ were more feared that fire and death.
“We could visit your home to view your possessions and arrange for them to be sold at public auction"
“Our Specialist Investigations Unit will be carrying out a full investigation into this scheme and they will open an enquiry into your tax affairs.”
These quotes are just a taster of the oppressive messages good old Hector shoved into his enquiry letters last year, and with a clampdown on tax avoidance on the rise, I dread to think of the obscenities and vulgarities that will be included in letters to come.
This Smörgåsbord of apparently rejected Bond villains was a shocking move from the Revenue, the mug shots coming with the ominous message… ‘HMRC will pursue them relentlessly’
So who has seen HMRC when they are angry? To share any horror stories of the revenue and their agitated antics, please leave a comment in box below, or begin a discussion in our new forum.