PAYE records unchecked by HMRC

The taxman has yet to check the accuracy of 11.5 million PAYE returns from
2005/2006, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.

Matt Boyle, a PAYE consultant who made the request, also found that 11
million tax records from employees could not be matched to workers’ records by
HM Revenue & Customs from his request.

‘It is surely an unacceptable situation when HMRC have not reviewed the
liability of approximately 32% of the working population,’ Boyle said in a

BBC report

A spokesman for the taxman said the situation was improving and more than 75%
would have paid the correct tax.

A growing economy had brought many more people in the tax regime, which was a
reason for the backlog, the spokesperson explained.

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