Freedom of Information Team
Central Mail Unit
Newcastle Upon Tyne
By email: request-634140-
Date: 30 January 2020
Dear Paul-Brian Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
Thank you for your request, which was received on 13 January, for the following information:
“Does HMRC recognise and acknoledge that Article 61 of the Magna Carta 2015 has been
invoked and that it is our duty to withold our tax's.”
To qualify as a valid submission under the FOIA, a request must fulfil the criteria set out in
Section 8 of the Act which states the following:
FOIA 8. (1) In this Act any reference to a “request for information” is a reference to such a
(a) is in writing,
(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and
(c) describes the information requested
Your FOI has been classified as invalid as your request does not fulfil the criteria of section
8(1)(b) as we believe you to have submitted this request using a pseudonym.
Guidance from the Information Commissioners Office to public authorities in receipt of FOIA
requests regarding Section 8 states:
The requester can be an individual, a company or an organisation but in each case they
must provide their real name. A request made under a pseudonym will be invalid.
Full details of the guidance can be found at; https://ico.org.uk/media/fororganisations/documents/1164/recognising-a-request-
As the request has been deemed as invalid I am not obliged to disclose the requested
information at this point.
Please note that a non-valid FOI request is not subject to internal review.
However, outside of the FOIA, I can provide the following information.
Information is available in large print, audio and Braille formats.
Text Relay service prefix number – 18001
The Magna Carta dates back to the year 1215. It has largely been repealed and there is no
Article 61 in force. The last Maga Carta (1297) had only 37 Articles and was mostly repealed
by the Statute Law Revision Act of 1863.
Parliament has the right to pass new legislation which supersedes or overturns that which
has previously existed.
Income Tax was first introduced in 1799. It is the principal form of direct personal taxation in
the UK. It takes the form of a proportion of a person's earnings, which is deducted ‘at source’
by employers and collected by HM Revenue & Customs, without reaching the individual.
Self-employed people must assess their own tax liabilities and make any necessary
You cannot choose not to pay tax; it is legal obligation as a UK citizen or worker. Payment of
Income Tax is mandatory under the Income Tax Acts. HMRC has a duty to collect
outstanding Income Tax under the Taxes Management Act 1970. Taxpayers cannot decline
to pay Income Tax because they do not agree with Government policy; failure to pay tax as
it becomes due may result in the charging of interest and penalties.
You can find further information about tax on the gov.uk website.
Freedom of Information Team