The ‘Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000’ gives Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs officials the power to snoop around you and your company.
Latest figures show HMRC’s officials made almost 14,400 views on ‘communication data’ to you and I, that is your e-mails, web browsing data, texts and phone calls they could be intercepting.
We would all like to think that HMRC are using these powers to bring the perpetrators of serious and organised crime to book, I guess we will never know the whole truth about what goes in behind the closed doors of Government agencies.
For the average law abiding UK citizen these powers invoke feelings of Orwellian paranoia, it is impossible to spend any time away from home without someone watching you. We have become so used to being watched by CCTV operators we have become numb to it.
Does being watched make us safer? I very much doubt it, in fact replacing Plod with cameras can’t be good, a camera can’t stop someone doing something criminal, neither can listening to a telephone conversation or reading texts.
It may help secure a prosecution later on but by then the crime is committed and someone is suffering. Taxgone knows that many directors are under severe pressure and I guess it must be tempting to try to ‘get away’ with not paying your VAT, PAYE or Corporation Tax liabilities.
I doubt you are actually under surveillance by HMRC but as sure as night follows day they will eventually catch up with you. When they do, you should seek out a Company Voluntary Arrangement, stop them, watching you!
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