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‘How can taxman be trusted with powers to raid our bank accounts’

Bishop Fleming team

Bishop Fleming team


‘How can we trust them with powers to raid our banks accounts.’

This is the view of a leading accountant, after he discovered the taxman had lost his company’s records.

The taxman (HMRC) has written to a partner of a major Westcountry accountancy firm, demanding that he fills in a form because they have been “unable to trace” his tax records.

David Savill, who has been the head of owner-managed business services at Bishop Fleming for a decade, and has not moved from his Taunton home for the past 17 years, was astounded to receive the letter informing him that HMRC cannot trace his tax records.

“Having paid considerable sums in tax every year for three decades, and not having moved home for 17 years, I could not believe that HMRC has managed to lose my tax record”, said Mr Savill.

“At a time when HMRC is asking for the power to plunder the bank-accounts of people they deem to owe tax, I am doubly determined that this power should not be permitted by Parliament”, he urged.

“Despite the millions of tax assessments that they get wrong each year, HMRC has been seeking the power to grab funds from our bank accounts”, said Mr Savill.

“I’m an accountant, so I’ve been ardent in providing HMRC with my tax submissions every year. But, somehow, they’ve managed to lose track of me on their radar screen.

“If they can make so simple an error in my case, it underlines my belief that they should not be permitted to have their proposed power to grab money from the bank accounts of tax-payers that they decide have under-paid”, said Bishop Fleming’s David Savill.