Its a perfect storm of an incredibly complex set of rules that are subject to interpretation that are always being gamed by as many people as possible, including all the holier than thou moralists who seem to try and deflect by shitting on others - being managed by a group of people who are underpaid, badly led and use systems that are older than the ark - and whose management have been politicised to see themselves as the law and everyone as trying to fiddle. And as tax as a moral obligation rather than a fee you pay to live here. But you have to have that bureaucratic mindset to do the job and I suspect empathy isn't at the top of the list of personal qualities. They've also tried to deskill and automate - so loads of their staff have no real clue what they do outside of the button pushing, and why so many are based in 'special needs areas of the country'. The whole challenge and reclaim process is designed to take many attempts and lots of pushback, as the aim is to collect and then argue about fairness later on.
I've had them on my case a couple of time, one of which was the kick the door in at 8am - gives us all your records, you robbing cunt. The full Sweeny job from Bootle Special Investigations as a result of opening a bank account with a bank that got busted. Took a year and a few thousand with accountants to prove I was totally clean. The assumption of guilt is built in and if you can't prove otherwise, then they'll fuck you without a moments thought. Moral imperative, you see.
And as the state needs ever more money to fund the unsupportable and they think up new ways to tax, then the whole morality thing will get ever more aggressive. They are already giving them more powers to collects data, take money out of bank accounts without any charge or court appearance and if the fuckwits ever manage to link up VAT, Tax and getting your bank account balances... which they're working on - good luck.
I feel sorry for them. Like I feel sorry for the social inadequates who become police.
Things people will do for an index linked pension, eh
Last edited by gore (Tue 21 Oct 2014 9:30 am)
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