What HMRC can find out about you

12 January 2017

According to the Telegraph, HMRC is deploying its ‘super-computer’ which holds data about individuals which goes far beyond just income.

The report in the Telegraph says that HMRC has spent years and some £100m on a super-computer designed to identify those who may have paid too little tax. And now – with the deadline for filing 2015-16 tax returns just weeks away – the system is being fully deployed for the first time.

The report lists the following information that HMRC can apparently find out about you:

  • Visa and Mastercard transactions: Anonymised information on all payments.
  • Land Registry records: To determine properties purchased, and stamp duty paid.
  • DVLA: Details of cars purchased and owned by individuals.
  • UK and overseas bank accounts: From this year it receives information from banks in more than 60 countries.
  • Internal tax documents: Systems show council tax paid, relevant VAT registration, previous tax investigations, last year's tax return (or absence of one).
  • Earnings: From any employer, including those you have worked for casually, or on an ad-hoc basis. This includes any company benefits received. It can also access child benefit and maintenance payments through the child support agency.
  • Online marketplaces: Websites such as eBay and Gumtree can be accessed to weed out regular traders.
  • Social media: The Connect system can also look at public social media account information, including from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Web browsing and email records: Under the 'Snoopers Charter' HMRC will be able to access individual's digital information.