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Friday, 11 July 2008
Tripping With HMRC
I was heartened and amused when I first read the headline about HMRC taking trips, I naively thought that there exists an element within HMRC that is a little bit rebellious and free spirited.
However, I was brought back to earth speedily with a bump when I realised that this story was in fact about travel expenses.
Anyhoo, it seems that HMRC managed to run up a bill last year (at our expense) of more than £1.7M on trips abroad.
£1,751,257 was spent on flights, accommodation, and meals for overseas visits during the 2007/08 financial year. However, the actual spend will be significantly higher because HMRC (and this bit is the real killer) claims that it could not supply details of hotel bills for the first three months.
Funny how the humble taxpayer, when asked to justify expense write offs etc, is expected to have every single invoice and bill to hand though isn't it?
Treasury Minister Jane Kennedy also said that facts on where officials travelled could not be disclosed, for "policy and operational reasons".
Similar details have been released previously.
One rule for HMRC, another for the taxpayer!
Covert footage of HMRC on a recent trip to Amsterdam
Tax does have to be taxing.
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