Neil Martin faces bankruptcy and losing his home because of an error by the taxman. He has been told the law can do nothing. The taxman is not liable for his mistakes even when he seriously disadvantages customers, a judge ruled yesterday.
For starters, can we stop with all of this "customer" bullshit, please? A customer willingly purchases something, after researching price and value; this is not the fucking taxman. The taxman is a balckmailer: he extorts money with menaces. If we were a "customer" we could choose not to buy a product, or to buy that product somewhere different.
Neil Martin lost his case after being the first person to sue the Inland Revenue over allegations of negligence or administrative incompetence
Andrew Simmonds, QC, said that the Inland Revenue had been responsible for a 52-day "negligent" delay that had helped push a builder to the brink of bankruptcy.
However, he ruled that the tax office is immune to prosecution by individuals and businesses, unlike other public services such as hospitals and police forces.
I'm sorry, but why is this, precisely? Perhaps the judge would like to amplify this ruling just a teensy bit? Because, you see, if the taxman is immune to the law, then what other recourse do we mere mortals have? You fucking little cunts, you work for us! Fuck you.
That goes for the sodding judge as well. Come on, Simmonds; explain yourself, you double-dyed shit.
Neil Martin, 38, became the first person to sue the Inland Revenue, now known as Revenue & Customs, for alleged negligence or administrative incompetence.
Well, we should bring a lot more cases. The Revenue does not hesitate to haul any ordinary citizen up in court, or to fine them if they fuck up: how is it that the same does not apply to them? They have ruined this man's life: fucked his business, probably put him into bankruptcy, maybe lost him his house and the lazy, inefficient bastards at the HMRC are now immune? For fuck's sake.
The builder, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, said that his business had been plunged into a cash flow crisis after a delay in processing a crucial form.
Without the form, part of 1999 anti-fraud legislation called the Construction Industry Scheme, contractors could not pay their bills without subtracting tax at source, which caused a cash crisis for the company.
Of course, of we simplified the whole tax system, then we wouldn't have to worry too much about this sort of shit. I would love to become a manager in the HMRC at that point, because, my god, the pleasure that I would take in personally sacking thousands of those fucks. I would kick them in the nuts too and then point out that I was immune from fucking prosecution.
Mr Martin now faces personal bankruptcy after being left with a swingeing tax bill of £250,000 along with substantial legal costs.
Yesterday he said that he intended to appeal against the judge's ruling and believes that the case could go "all the way to the House of Lords".
"This absolutely stinks," he said. "Ninety per cent of this judgment went in our favour, and I needed 100 per cent to get compensation. The Revenue is just allowed to put me out of business." He said that he was at risk of losing his home and that the case had been a huge strain on his fiancée, Janet.
I'm not fucking surprised. I hope that he goes all the way: perhaps someone should set up a donation site.
The judge ruled that the tax office has no "duty of care" to the individuals it advises, meaning that no individual can prosecute it for incompetence.
Now, just hang on one fucking second: are you telling me that HMRC can give incorrect advice (and who should know the rules better than the fucking HMRC?) and then fuck you over because they have screwed up? What kind of rancid fuckhole of a country are we living in.
Revenue & Customs welcomed the judge's ruling. "It confirms HMRC's understanding of the scope and extent of its duty of care to applicants under the Construction Industry Scheme," a spokesman said.
The Revenue had argued that, had Mr Martin won, it would have opened the floodgates to thousands of claims from businesses and individuals who believed that they had been disadvantaged.
Well, if you have screwed people in the past—and I cannot believe that Mr Martin's is an isolated case—I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to try to salvage something from your feckless incompetence.
I mean seriously, Mr HMRC Spokesman, what part of YOU WORK FOR US, YOU CUNT don't you get?
This is a fucking shocking state of affairs, it really is. Furthermore, I don't understand it: why are they immune? Fuck you and the horse you rode in on, sunshine...