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[Image: The Guardian.]

[Image: The Guardian.]

There is a certain amount of scepticism running around Vox Political at the announcement that Coalition government finances hit a surplus of £8.8 billion in January due to a “better than expected” rise in tax receipts.

George Osborne was pilloried for his “worse than expected” tax receipts only a short while ago, and it seems highly likely that this has prompted him to order HMRC to do something about it.

Clearly they haven’t done anything about tax avoidance or evasion – it would be silly to expect that from Gideon.

Perhaps they have been wrongly billing people for more than they owe.

This seems more likely. Here at Vox Towers a bill for £25 hit the screen (not the mat – it was emailed). You might think that’s not a bad amount; that, clearly, this household made a little more than the £9,440 tax-free personal allowance for 2013-14 (the tax year being billed).

But Vox Political hasn’t made anything like that much money. We didn’t clear the tax-free personal allowance at all.

The government still billed us.

Now, according to the ONS, self-assessed income tax receipts were £12.3bn in January, an increase of £1.7bn, or 15.6 per cent, compared with January 2014. How can anyone at Vox Political have faith in this figure, having been billed incorrectly?

How can we have faith in any of the other figures spewed out by the Coalition government today?

We can’t.

That’s why this government has to go.

We just can’t believe a word that comes from it.

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