Instead of employers deducting income tax then paying gross salaries to employees, the gross monthly payment would go to an HMRC-run tax “calculator”, which would then pass the net salary to the worker.
The reform would mean the end of traditional monthly payslips, because employers would no longer be able to tell workers how much tax they had paid each month.Yes, that's right, all your money will belong to the state and then they will decide how much pocket money you can have back. This is the same bureaucracy that can't even get you tax coding correct and then demands you pay them back at threat of imprisonment for a mistake they made:
Even those who think that the state is benign must have concerns about this? Just think of the scale of this operation, 20 million households waiting for the State to deliver their pocket money so they can pay the bills, buy food and just generally live. That same state which has some of the most militant and unionised employees will control all your money. What a wonderful bargaining position for Unison:Nearly six million people in the UK have paid the wrong amount of tax.About £2bn was underpaid via the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) system in the past two years, with about 1.4 million people owing an average of £1,500 each.
(15/06/10) "If this government picks a fight with us, then we will be ready for them,” declared general secretary Dave Prentis to a packed and cheering audience of members.
"Do not underestimate us. We will be fierce defenders of our members and the services they deliver. The government won’t know what hit them.
And if they get it wrong who do you complain to? Your boss? He'll be just as likely to have been messed about? Your payroll department? There isn't one, your company doesn't have one because it just hands a big fat wad of cash to the omniscient state.
You could complain to your nearest tax office, but they have all been closed (
January 13, 2010):
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced that 130 regional tax offices are to close, potentially forcing tens of thousands of taxpayers to travel further for advice and submit their self-assessment returns.
and (The Guardian,
Revenue and Customs is to cut 3,400 jobs and close 90 tax and VAT offices across the United Kingdom in the latest round of government staff cuts, it was revealed yesterday.
No doubt we'll be given the number of a very pleasant, eager, but ultimately unhelpful call centre somewhere in India.
Lets just hope that it is kite flying:
The tax authorities are consulting accountants, lawyers and businesses on the plans to reform the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system.And they all tell the government to firmly and politely go fuck themselves.
Looks like the new government is just going to take over from New Labour when it comes to idiotic and invasive legislation.