The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned HMRC that its IT spending freeze might cause serious problems in achieving efficiency targets set by spending reviews, and coping with future growth in data.
The NAO went on to warn that cutting some costs will have "consequences" in the long term interests of having accurate records. Twelve long standing data issues remain, in particular concerning data mismatches between HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions, which could affect people's future pension and benefit requirements.
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