Tax ‘negotiable’

YOUR tax bill can be negotiated over a cup of tea and a chocolate Hobnob, officials have confirmed.

HMRC’s funky chill-out zone

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs revealed that tax laws are all very well, but what really matters is having a nice chat about how much you think you should pay.

A spokesman said: “We’ve always been very laid back about collecting tax.

“Sure, at the end of the day the government needs money, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop being friends.

“How are you fixed on Thursday morning? Why don’t you come in about 11ish and we’ll have a look at your numbers? But don’t worry, it’s not like it’s a ‘big scary tax thing’. What we’re really trying to work out – between us, as chums – is how much you want to pay.

“It’s good for you, because we’re guessing that you don’t really want to pay very much, and it’s good for us because we don’t have to trawl through all of these very complicated tax laws which none of us really understand.

“And even if we did understand any of it, the whole thing would still take ages and be really, really dull.

“Anyway, are you okay with the chocolate Hobnobs? If you like Penguins we can do Penguins. Honestly, it’s no bother.”

The spokesman added: “Oh Christ, I’m really sorry, but I’ve just realised I should have said that ‘tax chats’ are only available to large corporations.

“You, on the other hand, will do exactly as you are fucking told.”