HMRC makes tax credit gaffe

HMRC has suffered another embarassing data blunder after banking details of
up to 50,000 people claiming tax credits were sent out to the wrong addresses.

Claimants were sent their annual tax credit award notice, but the documents
contained personal banking details of other taxpayers, HMRC admitted today.

An HMRC spokeswoman conceded that the blunder was “embarassing” but insisted
the leaked details were not enough for someone to commit identity fraud.

Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at ACCA said:

“One does wonder when HMRC will be able to properly clean up its act in this
area. Even where a third party is used for printing there should have been
systems in place to pick up errors.

“Let’s hope this data loss does not facilitate even greater fraud to occur in
this already highly fraud-ridden area of tax.”

Investigations are underway to identify the cause of the problem, HMRC said.
The taxman will be contacting affected customers in writing this week,
apologising and providing a corrected award notice.

“An initial analysis shows that ID theft could not result from this printing
error,” the taxman added.

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