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Personal_Finance / Taxes Sep 04, 2010 - 02:33 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Personal_Finance

A Treasury department audit of the Inland Revenue (HMRC) has revealed huge blunders in calculation of tax owed under the PAYE system which means 1.5 million workers have paid too little tax amounting to an average tax bill of £1,400 each or £2 billion in total. Against this HMRC was found to have over deducted tax from 4.3 million workers totaling £1.8 billion which averages out at a tax refund of £400 each.


The HMRC has declared that letters will be sent to the 6 million of tax payers effected by HMRC incompetence between now and Christmas with tax refunds paid by cheque and tax owed collected via the PAYE system by adjusting individual tax codes.

The HMRC tax error could hit those on average earnings hard as a £1,400 deduction in NET pay taken over a tax year would amount to a deduction of £116 per month from average net pay of £1,583 per month, which equates to a 7.3% pay cut! Which will be on top of VAT rising from 17.5% to 20% from January 2011 and tax credit cuts as well as ongoing inflation of above 3%, which effectively means an effective cut in purchasing power of as much as 20% for a significant number of people with the average impact put at 15%.

If you are in receipt of a tax demand then the best strategy is to do your own calculations as HMRC will likely have gotten it wrong again for many people. Even if the calculation does appear to be correct then still appeal the decision, stipulating your personal circumstances which may result in the tax debt being written off.

SCAM WARNING - The Inland Revenue will NOT Contact you by email, so do not fall for the Email scams that announce tax refunds due.

And Always check your tax calculations yourself as the Inland Revenue despite their new £400 million computer system will STILL continue to make mistakes.

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Hemscott Associates
15 Apr 11, 16:55
Tax Error

only backs up what we have known for a number of years. The hmrc is badly run and everybody should be checking there paye records.


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