Plans to let the taxman take cash out of people’s bank accounts without their permission were condemned by MPs last night. They said HM Revenue and Customs had a track record of blunders but customers wrongly accused of owing tax would be powerless to prevent their money being seized. HMRC wants the power to seize money from any account including ISAs and joint bank accounts even if one partner owes nothing. Full story >>
A taxman is someone whose job is to collect taxes. However, the term is also used (as in the Express's headline) to refer to the government department that is responsible for collecting taxes. • Local football clubs have over the years dodged paying taxes and now the taxman is after them.