As has been noted on this site for yonks, HMRC have an enormous backlog of unresolved tax cases.
Now the National Audit Office (NAO) has publicly spanked HMRC for failing to deal with this backlog, which stands at a staggering 18 million unresolved income tax cases.
The NAO believe that around 50% of these cases might involve underpayment or overpayment of around £4.4BN of tax.
Could it be the restructuring that HMRC has endured over the last few years, and will continue to endure, is actually making things worse?
Could it be that a means to reduce future backlogs and the workload of HMRC would be to simplify the tax system?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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