HMRC are now using Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service to relay news and information to the masses.

The @HMRCgovuk Twitter account is managed by the HMRC Press Office and followers can expect 1 or 2 tweets a day.  The tweets will include information about HMRC and tax, news, publications, website content, consultations and speeches.

In order to maintain security and confidentiality, HMRC strongly recommend that individuals do not discuss details of their financial affairs on Twitter, or state personal financial details.

HMRC will not discuss the tax affairs of individual taxpayers over Twitter or accept tweets as notification of an individual’s tax affairs.

There have been a number of scams where fraudsters have claimed to be HMRC and have asked individuals for their personal details so that they can process tax rebates.  HMRC do not use Twitter or email to request personal details.  If you suspect an email or tweet maybe fraudulent, HMRC requests that the email is forwarded to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

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