AccountingWeb argues, quite rightly, that HMRC is close to breaking point.
The question is do we pump more resources in to the current moribund and decaying structure, or do we let it break (as one comment states) and start again?
My view, for what it is worth, is that tax should most certainly be simplified (with a heavy emphasis on shifting revenues from income/cgt etc to VAT).
As to what to do about the structure of HMRC, that requires the appointment at the very least of good quality managers who really can manage change whilst at the same time motivating staff.
Should HMRC be demerged, and the old CE and IR departments be recreated?
Views from people actually working in HMRC would be very welcome.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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