The Independent reports that HMRC has warned the government that planned cuts to the public sector, if applied to HMRC, will result in a lower tax take.
Treasury minister David Gauke was warned by HMRC in a private meeting earlier this month that the cuts, particularly redundancies, would be counterproductive.
This presents a golden opportunity for the government to radically simplify the tax system, thus making it easier for taxpayers and HMRC to "administer" taxes and reduce the associated costs.
However, politicians by their very nature abhor "simplification" as it makes them "redundant" in the eyes of the voters.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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