Tax paid on BMA benefits

Harold Ruxton made this Freedom of Information request to HM Revenue and Customs

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The request was refused by HM Revenue and Customs.

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Have you conducted any investigation into whether the appropriate taxes are being paid by the BMA and its staff/ elected members on the various benefits associated with the BMA?

Many elected members of the BMA are able to accumulate significant benefits including hotel points, air miles, free rail travel etc. They do this by booking travel which is then re-reimbursed by the BMA.

This is a benefit and should be taxed. If HMRC is not collecting this revenue, why not?

Yours faithfully,

Harold Ruxton on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2017/01316

Dear Mr Ruxton,

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Thank you for your communication of 19th July which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
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The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
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on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr Harold Ruxton

Please find attached HMRC's response to your information request.

Yours sincerely

Individuals and Small Business Compliance Information Team| HMRC | Euston
Tower | 286 Euston Road | London | NW1 3UH |

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of HM Revenue and Customs's handling of my FOI request 'Tax paid on BMA benefits'.

Thank you for your response to my FoI request. I am not satisfied that you have applied the law correctly.

My FoI request concerned whether or not HMRC was discharging its statutory duty to collect revenue. As a taxpayer and citizen this is exactly the sort of information we should be given, especially when the body involved is a corporation rather than a private citizen.

Tax paid by corporation and HMRC's efforts (or otherwise) in collecting such tax is of general public interest. Indeed, it has generated a significant body of media attention in the past few years. It seems entirely unacceptable that HMRC would seek to refuse such a simple request. Government is meant to be for the people and by the people. HMRC should operate transparently, expect when the collection of revenues would be impaired. Stating whether or not you are collecting revenue is not going to impede your ability to operate.

I would therefore like the internal review to provide a simple yes or no answer to this question.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Harold Ruxton

HM Revenue and Customs


Thank you for your correspondence requesting an internal review of a
request made to HMRC under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (our
reference FOI 2017/01316).


A review will be carried out and we shall respond as soon as possible.


HMRC Freedom Of Information Act Team




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Dear Mr Ruxton,

Please find attached HMRC's review of our original response to your
information request.

Yours sincerely

ISBC Information team | Planning & Performance | Individuals and Small
Business Compliance | HMRC | Euston Tower | 286 Euston Road | London | NW1
3UH |