Taxman pays informants over £2.2m

HMRC investigators have handed over more than £2.2m to informants identifying tax dodgers over the past five years, reports David Byers in the Times, who adds that the Revenue did not declare any this outlay it in annual accounts. Tax office figures show that £2.23m has been handed out since 2013, with £343,500 paid out in the 2017/18 tax year; £421,460 in 2016/17; £460,433 in 2015/16; £604,800 in 2014/15, and £402,160 in 2013/14. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said HMRC’s risk and intelligence service funds the payments. Former HMRC employee Adam Craggs, a partner at law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, commented: “It is not a transparent process and it is, to a certain extent, open to abuse for those with vested interests.”

Big Brother? HMRC breached GDPR privacy rules with voice recordings

HMRC is deleting voice records of five million taxpayers as the way they were collected broke privacy rules, with the Revenue failing to gain explicit consent from individuals using a voice ID system for telephone enquiries. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said there had been a “significant” breach of data laws and issued an enforcement notice under GDPR rules to ensure the data is deleted. HMRC said the records of the 5m people will be deleted “well before” the Information Commissioner’s deadline of 5 June