Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

How many times has HMRC failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) (that is, has broken the law) by not supplying requested information, or responding to a request, within the legally required time frame? Please provide information for the last year, that is from the beginning of March 2016 to the beginning of March 2017. If this request is going to exceed the cost limit, then refine it down to the last 6 months or 3 months.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

M Boyce

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2017/00481

Dear M Boyce,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 7th March which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us.

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
comply with HMRC's obligations under Freedom of Information Act or, if we
think it's an enquiry that we don't need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why. If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of FOI Central Team,

HMRC frequently fails to comply with its obligations under the FOIA, and you know it. In fact HMRC frequently breaks the law in many other ways. You are supposed to reply to an FOI request within 20 working days - ignoring that legal time limit is NOT complying with the legal obligations of the FOIA - not even in HMRC's alternative and deeply muddled view of reality. How would her Majesty feel about her good name being frequently traduced by you lot in this way?

Yours sincerely,

M Boyce

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear M Boyce,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 7th
March.

Yours sincerely,

HMRC Freedom of Information Team

M Boyce left an annotation ()

HMRC have now provided information that shows that they are continuously breaking the law in 1 in every 6 FOI requests.
What would happen if 1 in every 6 people decided to break the law by refusing to pay income tax?
HMRC act above and beyond the law, and that is very bad for democracy.

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