BECKY BARROW and MATT CHORLEY
UK Daily Mail 
July 9, 2014
Intrusive new powers to spy on the last 12 months of everybody’s bank statements are being demanded by the taxman.
In a major escalation of its existing rights, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs wants to be able to access monthly copies of bank, Isa and even joint account statements.
This would mean sensitive personal details such as the size of families’ monthly mortgage payments, how much they spend in restaurants and the amount saved into a tax-free nest egg are open to scrutiny.
Last night, critics condemned the unprecedented power grab as ‘Big Brother’ tactics.
It is the latest twist in the furore over HMRC’s plans to take money directly from bank accounts to settle unpaid tax bills.