Good job it wasn't Snow white and the seven dwarves
Apparently one version is a porno...!
Employers receiving HMRC's latest mailshot were confused to find the accompanying CD did not contain the promised payroll software but children's stories - read aloud in fluent German. The February edition of HMRC's thrice-yearly "Employer Bulletin" normally contains a CD of software designed to help small firms deal with …
Not exactly "OMG Gov.uk screws up again" is it?
Whilst I remain 100% opposed to the Stasi database, this is a mistake by a third party that affected a miniscule amount of recipients.
Come on, there are more important issues than this.
And before anyone suggests it, HMRC never sends any personal or corporate specific info electronically or on disk, so 'No, this is not an example of future mega foul-ups"
Mind you, the next HMRC laptop or USB Flash Drive loss will be a different story.
Now's the chance to report HMRC to FACT (federation against copyright theft), not the German lawyers.
It doesn't matter what your excuse is, if you distribute stuff without permission, you're guilty. Perhaps they can get a huge fine out of HMRC, enough to cover everyone's taxes? It seems like a good idea, perhaps we can then fight the winner and be rid of both forever?
"But think of the children who instead of getting some nice story time to send them to sleep instead get tax software!"
It's OK, this is effectively a fail-safe event. If you've ever had to run even a small payroll, not to mention a payroll year end, you will know that the tax stuff will almost certainly get them off to sleep even faster than the stories would have done. God it's tedious...
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