There are rumours that the Public Commercial and Services Union (to which 80% of HMRC staff belong) is considering calling a strike to protest at the redundancies and office closures that have been taking place. What day will this strike occur? Why, 31 January 2008 of course, the deadline for self assessment tax returns. This is not good news for those who habitually rush round to their local tax office on 31 January with their tax return - there may be nobody at home to receive it!
This tip was first printed in Tax Insider in January 2008.