Another day, another HMRC “nudge” tactic.
This time, it is an “invitation” for the taxpayer to deliberately misclassify / misdeclare loans as income, for HMRC’s benefit, using a law that doesn’t actually exist as a threat.
There is no statute or case law in existence to back this “invitation”.
In other words: it is manipulation at its finest on HMRC’s part.
In essence, they are encouraging the recipient to file an innacurate return… then in the same paragraph, inform that there are penalties for innacurate returns.
Even Kafka wouldn’t have made it up.
Note also the neat “I want to help you” faux-friendly tone (did Behavioural Insights Ltd. come up with this?)
It’s little wonder that people fall for “HMRC” scams every day, when actual HMRC correpondance is so blatantly manipulative and deceiving. How this can go out on official letterhead without anyone blushing is beyond us – but hey, we’re not from the Stalin-esque “the end justifies the means” school of thought…
Thanks to the reader who sent us this gem, and shame on you, Harra, Granger, Troup, & the other scammers who authorised this. Soon you will find yourselves so entangled in lies, breaches of procedure, and contradictions of your own making that neither the PAC nor the Judiciary will be fooled anymore. And when the pendulum swings, it will swing faster than you can say “maximizing the amout of tax collected“.
If you are a contractor or recipient of APN(s) and have been offered a dubious “offer you can’t refuse” from HMRC, please get in touch via our contact form.