The mistake, in a well-established ‘housekeeping’ program, has led to the accidental deletion of taxpayers’ files, causing them to miss out on rebates or avoid paying extra tax bills.
The problem apparently came to light in a single paragraph in a 40-page National Audit Office report on the Revenue tabled last month.
And reports in The Guardian say the error was first noticed by the Revenue in the autumn of 2003, and could well have been going on undetected for several years.
An Inland Revenue spokeswoman said the result of an internal inquiry into the problem was expected within a few weeks.
HMRC has won its tenth successive case against tax avoidance schemes promoted by NT Advisors. The Court of Appeal has ruled that NT ... read more
HMRC is continuing to ramp up the number of raids on premises it carries out as part of criminal investigations, searching 761 properties in the last year
Five million taxpayers are ow using digital personal tax accounts (PTA) as part of the making tax digital strategy, HMRC said
Since the release of HMRC’s plans for digital tax reforms, many have agreed with the call for a delay