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Tax calculation error denied by HMRC

10 Oct 2014

A large number of UK taxpayers may have paid incorrect tax in 2013/14, according to reports of another HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) miscalculation.

The Telegraph has reported that leaked emails show senior HMRC staff being notified that ‘thousands’ of mistakes have recently been made, after errors were already brought to light in June this year.

At that time HMRC admitted that 5.5 million people paid the wrong amount in 2013/14 and promised to issue a refund, or reclaim, an average of £300. The new Real Time Information (RTI) regime has been blamed for these new errors.

Whistleblowers behind the leaked emails told The Telegraph: ‘HMRC refuses to admit the system doesn’t work, and it’s scandalous that there is no politician holding them to account as the whole programme of welfare reform could be put at risk because of this’.

An HMRC spokesman said: ‘The majority of the errors have happened because an employer failed to make a final payment statement for the 2013/14 tax year, meaning our records were incomplete despite reminders that these submissions had to be made. We are sorry this has happened and we aim to issue corrected calculations in the next few weeks’.