My father’s family are descended from blacksmiths. He was a successful heavy weight boxer who once knocked out the British police champion; so not afraid of challenging authority. On the other hand my mother’s family is full of teachers and doctors; hopefully people who are able to analyse facts and make a correct decision.
I provide this background information as perhaps an explanation of why I continue to post on this thread. I’ve been advised to drop this cause because it is old news and has already happened, but I can’t accept that position. Nobody has yet persuaded me from my belief that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has treated taxpayers unfairly and for that reason I’ll continue to fight for this cause.
So why is HM Revenue and Customs suddenly unwilling to provide Freedom of Information request information on a timely basis (see previous post on this thread)?
There is a part of HM Revenue and Customs that currently confirms it will treat taxpayers even-handedly (although there are moves to extract that pledge from the Taxpayers Charter-I wonder why?). That is the law and if HMRC treats taxpayers unfairly it is breaking the law.
The Freedom of Information data that I have obtained strongly suggests that HMRC has been breaking the rules of the Taxpayers Charter. From a low base of 3% successful appeals against NRCGT penalties, the figure rose dramatically to 97% successful appeals. These statistics obtained on a quarterly basis suggest HMRC’s assertions that they treat Taxpayers even-handedly are absolute poppycock.
Perhaps HMRC believe if it is permitted to publish these figures in arrears as an annual (rather than quarterly) figure, any fluctuations in the percentage of successful appeals will be better hidden. Certainly, I suspect HMRC appreciates the quarterly Freedom of Information data it has already provided makes its position untenable (but only if it comes under a sustained attack) and for that reason the flow of evidence released going forward will be turned off to just an annual trickle.
One of the key roles of tax journalists, professional bodies and people working in the tax profession generally is to flag when HMRC overstep the mark. Unless they are checked, HMRC will continue to push acceptable boundaries and treat taxpayers unfairly.
I hope someone will either help shine an illuminating light on HMRC’s shady behaviour, or alternatively, flag where my analysis is flawed (go on, prove I did inherit too many blacksmith genes-with apologies to all cerebral blacksmiths out there). Please don’t continue to sit on the fence and allow either me or HMRC to proceed unchecked.