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HMRC hounded homeless man

21 February 2019

HMRC’s pursuit of a homeless man over £1,600 fine has been described as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘absurd’ by the judge hearing the case.

Lawyers for HMRC claimed that there was nothing ‘special’ about Krzysztof Pokorowski’s case and his homelessness was not an ‘out of the ordinary turn of events.’

The judge, Nicolas Aleksander, wondered how any HMRC officer, acting reasonably could have reached this decision.

Pokorowski, a self-employed electrician, became homeless in 2014, so missed a return filing deadline in April 2015. He slept rough until finding a homeless shelter in December 2016. By February 2017 HMRC fines had built up to £1,600.

The judge noted that within 3 months of finding a permanent home the accused filed the tax return.

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