Winzip the key for HMRC
Back to TS’s favourite subject: HM Revenue & Customs
(acting) boss Dave Hartnett. Dave put up a sterling performance in his first
grilling by a Treasury committee. Asked about the zillions of unopened letters
strewn across tax offices up and down the land, Dave informed the committee
that he recently spent a few days ‘on the shop floor’ in Cardiff among other
He saw nothing of these piles, and asked the committee and
tax advisers if they’d help him find them. Dave then managed to non-plus his
interrogators by informing them that the well-known freebie file-squashing tool
– Winzip – was used to password protect THOSE missing discs.
If the taxman had used version 9 of the software rather than
version 8, they could have encrypted the discs as well, he added.
The IT-illiterate committee members were bemused, while the
rest just giggled at the use of such unsophisticated software. They should have
upgraded from the free version.