HMRC (full name HM Revenue and Customs) is a UK government non-budgetary department responsible for tax revenues, the accrual of certain types of government support, the provision of national insurance codes, the regulation of the minimum wage, etc. The law enforcement agency also includes security personnel who investigate serious tax violations. The structure is endowed with very broad powers. Its headquarters are located in the city of London. The organization was founded in 2005.
Meaning and History
What is HMRC?
HMRC is the acronym for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. It appeared in the U.K. in 2005 due to the merger of two government agencies – Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue.
HMRC is the result of the merger of two services, Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise. This was announced a year before the official approval of the new department – in 2004, for which funds were specially allocated to the budget. The queen herself announced the planned event in her solemn speech. At the same time, the RCPO was established – the tax and customs prosecutor’s office, which is responsible for managing all profile cases.
The move to the staff at the Parliament Street building in Whitehall began in November 2004, which indeed signaled a major restructuring in the department. At the same time, the choice of an appropriate emblem was initiated, which would unite both structures and meet the high status of the civil service. Therefore, in the spring of 2005, the HMRC logo was also introduced. For the entire time of the department’s work, she had two logos – initial and current, which are almost indistinguishable from each other.
2005 – 2013
The Crown of St. Edward is a national and historical heritage and a great symbol of statehood. It is a genuine jewel, as the prototype of the heraldic attribute was made from gold taken from the crown of the Anglo-Saxon king Edward the Confessor, who was in power in the 9th century. And the very attribute of monarchical power appeared later (in 1661) and was intended for the enthronement of Charles II.
Therefore, the crown is included in collecting the so-called Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom – imperial regalia belonging exclusively to the state and not personally to the monarch. The shape of the hand-drawn crown matches the real one. It has four crosses and lilies, which alternate with each other. But since the image is two-dimensional, some of them are not visible. There are only two lilies on the logo, one solid cross and two halves located at the edges.
Above them are two half-arcs (in reality, four of them), crowned with another cross. In addition, there are numerous balls on the attribute of imperial power – these are symbols of precious stones with which the crown is inlaid. The largest is located at the top. There are 444 gems in total. A solid line of emerald color surrounds it. The text is colored the same way.
The department name is on the right. The words are ungrouped and span two lines. It says “HM Revenue” at the top and “& Customs” at the bottom. For this, uppercase and lowercase letters have been chosen, even sans serifs, made in a strict style.
2013 – present
The modern emblem is a small rethinking of the opening, if not to say, its exact copy with minimal alterations. The designers have removed the boldness of the font, so now the lettering looks thinner than before. They placed the crown in a circle above the name of the civil service and drew a vertical line to the left of them. It is painted emerald green, while all other elements are black.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Like all English, the logo is distinguished by exquisite simplicity. There is not a single extra detail in it. The crown is the personification of the state, importance, high responsibility, and total power since this department can intervene in all matters at the slightest suspicion. The title is a key attribute that contains the main information about the department. The vertical stripe is a symbol of a border that cannot be crossed since everyone who is not on the side of the HMRC is automatically against the state.
The use of fonts in the UK government is highly regulated. The HM Revenue and Customs logo use GDS Transport. As a last resort, it can be Helvetica or Arial typefaces.
The palette of the logo is restrained but not monochrome because it contains more than two colors: white for the background, black for the text and icons, and emerald for the line.