On Wednesday I wrote about the ongoing travails of Debbie Balandis wrt HMRC accusing her of sleeping with a newsagent, her previous tenant and her landlord.
My thanks to a loyal reader for pointing out that this series of fuck ups by HMRC are courtesy of Concentirx, the US company paid for by UK taxpayers to do what HMRC used to do wrt checking taxpayer details and chasing debts.
As the Independent reported in February 2015, Concentirx has form wrt being crap at what it does:
"Thousands of people on low incomes are being sent letters by an American outsourcing company accusing them of cheating on their tax credits and warning them that they may have their benefits stopped.Aside from the complete incompetence and waste of money, there is another rather pertinent issue.
Concentrix, part of a multi-billion pound US business services company, has been accused of going on a vast “fishing expedition” as part of a controversial contract with HM Revenue and Customs to outsource its fraud and error detection.
Staff working at Concentrix have told The Independent that they are under pressure to open between 40 and 50 new tax-credit investigations every day and often don’t have time to check whether the allegations they are making stack up."
How is it confidential taxpayer details are being passed on to a US third party, and how is it that a US company is allowed to go trawling through people's bank accounts, tenancy agreements, credit card etc etc?
This is surely a breach of the laws covering confidentiality and data protection?
Do our "respected" MP's not a give a flying fuck about the rule of law anymore?
Why is HMRC allowed to pass on confidential details to an incompetent US company, and why is that company allowed to breach data protection and confidentiality rules?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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