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auntieh
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Posted - 26/01/2008 :  11:53:09  Show Profile Send auntieh a Private Message
Just heard this gem on BBC news:

People who have to submit self assessment tax returns (about 10m people) have been told they must do so on line or face hefty penalties if they don't submit written returns extremely early.

At the same time, MPs, royalty and celebrities have been told that they are not allowed to submit on line returns because the system is not secure enough.

I thought I was hearing things but there is an article in the Daily Mail (sorry I can't find a link to it). To summarise, a Tory MP, Andrew Robothan, received two letters from HMRC. One telling him the best way to submit his tax return is online. The other telling him that he is not allowed to use the online facility as it is not secure enough for MPs.

When Mr Robathan challenged Ministers in Parliament this week, our little friend Jane Kennedy responded by saying 'There are categories of individual for whom security is a higher priority. Not just members of Parliament - there are several categories of people in that position - and HMRC just does not have the facilities for them to file on line'.

The Tax Payers Alliance has accused the Government of double standards.

A Revenue spokesman insisted last night that 'it is only technical problems' which prevented high-profile individuals filing on line.
And this further comment from that person takes the biscuit:
'A tiny minority of individuals' records, including MPs, have extra security measures in place over and above the very high standards of confidentiality with which HMRC treats all taxpayers' data'.

I have just fallen off my chair laughing. If you want to know what the spokesman, who it turns out later in the article is a woman, looks like, she's very easy to spot. She has a nose about three feet long and still growing just like Pinocchio.

Seriously though, here we have it. The safety, security and peace of mind of ordinary members of the public are not the priority of the Government nor of of its agencies. Proof of the double standards that we all know exist.

Have a nice day!

Auntie

"You can dress a pig in a suit but you can't stop it grunting"

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Alan the Geordie
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Posted - 26/01/2008 :  19:24:38  Show Profile Send Alan the Geordie a Private Message
I've just sent this to my MP and suggest that you all send it to yours too.

"One of my fellow members of Tax Credit Casualties

You must be logged in to see this link.

Has just posted this;

“Just heard this gem on BBC news:

People who have to submit self assessment tax returns (about 10m people) have been told they must do so on line or face hefty penalties if they don't submit written returns extremely early.

At the same time, MPs, royalty and celebrities have been told that they are not allowed to submit on line returns because the system is not secure enough.

I thought I was hearing things but there is an article in the Daily Mail (sorry I can't find a link to it). To summarise, a Tory MP, Andrew Robothan, received two letters from HMRC. One telling him the best way to submit his tax return is online. The other telling him that he is not allowed to use the online facility as it is not secure enough for MPs.

When Mr Robathan challenged Ministers in Parliament this week, our little friend Jane Kennedy responded by saying 'There are categories of individual for whom security is a higher priority. Not just members of Parliament - there are several categories of people in that position - and HMRC just does not have the facilities for them to file on line'.

The Tax Payers Alliance has accused the Government of double standards.

A Revenue spokesman insisted last night that 'it is only technical problems' which prevented high-profile individuals filing on line.
And this further comment from that person takes the biscuit:
'A tiny minority of individuals' records, including MPs, have extra security measures in place over and above the very high standards of confidentiality with which HMRC treats all taxpayers' data'.

I have just fallen off my chair laughing. If you want to know what the spokesman, who it turns out later in the article is a woman, looks like, she's very easy to spot. She has a nose about three feet long and still growing just like Pinocchio.

Seriously though, here we have it. The safety, security and peace of mind of ordinary members of the public are not the priority of the Government nor of of its agencies. Proof of the double standards that we all know exist.

Have a nice day!”

I would be grateful if you could explain to me for the benefit of my fellow members of tax Credit Casualties why your details as an MP are apparently more important and therefore treated with more care by HMRC than those of the rest of us."



Right, all you have to do is find your MP here;
You must be logged in to see this link.

then just copy & paste the red text and send it to him/her!


Geordie: "Yon lass's gorra fyece lyke a bagga spanners!"

English: "That lady's face is rather unnatractive"

Edited by - Alan the Geordie on 26/01/2008 19:31:12
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auntieh
Rank; Really should become a politician



United Kingdom
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Posted - 26/01/2008 :  22:40:15  Show Profile Send auntieh a Private Message
Done mine with a few additions!

"You can dress a pig in a suit but you can't stop it grunting"
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Alan the Geordie
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Posted - 28/01/2008 :  21:21:40  Show Profile Send Alan the Geordie a Private Message
Just got my MP's reply to the above post;

"Hi Alan

I had exactly the same reaction as you and checked to see if it was April 1st. I have written to HRMC asking for clarification."


So there you go - write to your MPs and let them know what you think!


Geordie: "Yon lass's gorra fyece lyke a bagga spanners!"

English: "That lady's face is rather unnatractive"

Edited by - Alan the Geordie on 28/01/2008 21:22:26
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auntieh
Rank; Really should become a politician



United Kingdom
625 Posts

Posted - 28/01/2008 :  22:18:16  Show Profile Send auntieh a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Alan the Geordie

Just got my MP's reply to the above post;

"Hi Alan

I had exactly the same reaction as you and checked to see if it was April 1st. I have written to HRMC asking for clarification."


So there you go - write to your MPs and let them know what you think!


Geordie: "Yon lass's gorra fyece lyke a bagga spanners!"

English: "That lady's face is rather unnatractive"




Your MP sounds like a human being! Think I may move to Geordie Land!



"You can dress a pig in a suit but you can't stop it grunting"
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Alan the Geordie
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Posted - 28/01/2008 :  22:28:56  Show Profile Send Alan the Geordie a Private Message
>>Your MP sounds like a human being! Think I may move to Geordie Land!>>

My MP is a Geordie and you'd be very welcome here Auntie.

You'll need your Geordie passport, work visa & driving licence but it's no problem - they're all for sale at Amazon - together with many Geordie books including the Geordie Bible! (I kid you not)

Geordie: "Yon lass's gorra fyece lyke a bagga spanners!"

English: "That lady's face is rather unnatractive"
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auntieh
Rank; Really should become a politician



United Kingdom
625 Posts

Posted - 28/01/2008 :  22:37:35  Show Profile Send auntieh a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Alan the Geordie

>>Your MP sounds like a human being! Think I may move to Geordie Land!>>

My MP is a Geordie and you'd be very welcome here Auntie.

You'll need your Geordie passport, work visa & driving licence but it's no problem - they're all for sale at Amazon - together with many Geordie books including the Geordie Bible! (I kid you not)

Geordie: "Yon lass's gorra fyece lyke a bagga spanners!"

English: "That lady's face is rather unnatractive"




It sounds very tempting. There's just the matter of my Vauxhall Corsa - I wouldn't like to be teased! Would I need to change the car before arrival?



"You can dress a pig in a suit but you can't stop it grunting"
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Alan the Geordie
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Posted - 28/01/2008 :  22:45:22  Show Profile Send Alan the Geordie a Private Message
>>It sounds very tempting. There's just the matter of my Vauxhall Corsa - I wouldn't like to be teased! Would I need to change the car before arrival?>>

Nah! .. just leave it in your garage & throw the key away!

Geordie: "Yon lass's gorra fyece lyke a bagga spanners!"

English: "That lady's face is rather unnatractive"
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familytaxcredit
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Posted - 29/01/2008 :  01:06:35  Show Profile Send familytaxcredit a Private Message
I have been told that hmrc are going to use ebay next year; it's more secure and once you (sign-up) promise to abide with ebay rules you can't argue against. Some Labour MP's are not happy -;))
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