HMRC data on 1000s of taxpayers go missing

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has lost
computer discs listing confidential details such as names, National Insurance
Contribution (NIC) numbers, dates of birth and pension policy details on
thousands of taxpayers,

According to
Daily Telegraph
, between 20 and 30 discs went missing on their way to
Standard Life’s pensions department which reported a large number of discs left
HMRC in Newcastle for various insurers, ‘but the courier delivered to everybody
else except us’.

Those affected are taxpayers who have contracted out of the State Second
Pension (S2P), formerly the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (Serps), and
therefore have some of their NICs rebated by HMRC to the pension providers of
their choice.

An HMRC spokesman said there was no evidence of any fraud but a thorough
search had been conducted for the items, which went missing at the end of
September. Seven months earlier Nationwide Building Society was fined £980,000
after a laptop containing customer information was stolen from an employee’s

Further reading:

Taxman wins again in residence attack

Ruling paves way for taxpayers to sue HMRC

Related reading