There can be nothing more wrathful than the scorn of a tax expert being vented on the tax system, and the organ of the state that is meant to manage the tax system.
Mark Lee, a past Chairman of the ICAEW Tax Faculty, has publicly vented his spleen on the tax system and HMRC by revealing that his frustrations with the tax system led him to move away from giving tax advice two years ago, despite having reached the top of his profession.
In a "Comment" article in Taxation magazine, Lee, a Fellow of both of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, goes on to say:
"The ever increasing complexity of our tax system has caused inequalities and inconsistencies and this is not helped by the 'doublespeak' of politicians and civil servants with regards to our tax system.
Combine this with the prospect of increased powers for HMRC without adequate safeguards for taxpayers and things become very worrying indeed."
We are sleep walking into a situation where a very badly run organisation, with little or no effective oversight, will have unprecedented powers that can be used against us.
Ar we going to just roll over an allow this to happen?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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