ID cards 'a Big Brother tax trap'

Identity cards could provide a back door for the
taxman to snoop on people's affairs using a database of National
Insurance numbers.

The card system will use an
existing NI database to log details, potentially making it easier for
tax inspectors to keep tabs. Officials had hoped to base ID cards on a
National Identity Register but will instead use the Customer
Information System run by the Department of Work and Pensions.

This
holds the records of everyone with a NI number, sparking concerns that
HM Revenue & Customs could track a person's personal life through
their ID card, which must be produced whenever a proof of identity is
required.

Guy Herbert, spokesman for the NO 2 ID campaign, said
people would create an “audit trail” when they used their cards. This
would be linked to their NI numbers. 

“Of course ID
cards are a tax-gathering tool,” he said. “When the Home Office talks
about 'preventing illegal working' it is getting you to think of
illegal immigrants, but an employer 'verifying your status' with the
National Identity Register will create an audit trail of precisely who
employs whom.”

Gareth Crossman, policy director at
Liberty, added: “The Government sold us the ID card scheme under the
guise of terror and crime protection, but the reality is that it has
the potential for massive, unanticipated state access into our private
lives.”

Damian Green, the Conservatives' shadow immigration
minister, said: “The public will be alarmed at this sinister Big
Brother development.”

The Government denied that
the database would be used for tax enforcement. A spokesman said: “It
is not connected to any plans for improved tax enforcement and the
information held on NI records will not include any tax records
whatsoever.” (source)

Of course not, the government would never change the scope of the ID card, would they !!

When I wrote about this in February, people said I didnt know what I was on about.
I said then that Gordon Brown will kill off the ID card to undermine the Tory plan to cancel the programme and replace it with a tax card, but the NIR would remain, this is effectively the same thing.

Its the NIR that is the dangerous element, not the card which can be called just about anything, but its the NIR that will gather and process all the information about you, currently being collected during  passport applications in HMRC offices, hence the need for the data sharing laws.

Say NO to the ID Card, Say NO to the Database State.

NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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