Ironic to find an article of this nature in the Guardian, home of left-leaning wombats and “supporters” of the Liberal Dimocrats. Perhaps they want to try and deny a Conservative government funds? Certainly, it is a far cry for their normal cries to clamp down on middle-class tax evasion.
Millions of people who have been told by HMRC that they have underpaid tax should ask for the outstanding amount to be written off, according to a leading tax expert.
On Friday HMRC admitted it had made mistakes in collecting tax through the Paye As You Earn (PAYE) system from nearly 6 million taxpayers. Around 4.3 million of these have paid too much and are due a refund, but 1.4 million have underpaid and will have to hand over an average of £1,428 each.
But if HMRC was provided with all the necessary information needed to correctly attribute a tax code, it should have used this within 12 months of the end of the tax year in which it was received to claw back the full amount of money. If HMRC fails to meet that deadline taxpayers can ask for the unpaid tax to be written off through an “Extra Statutory Concession” or ESC A19.
In the spirit of campaigning for things that truly matter, I will ask you the following request: if you are one of the 1.4 million who owe extra funds, please write to HMRC and ask for them to write off the funds under ESC A19. Please do this even if you know that there isn’t a hope in hell for your case. 1.4 million letters to be answered will drag the useless and incompetent tax department down even further.
Make them work for every single penny.
They haven’t earned it — you have.