The FT reported last week that HMRC are apparently going to adopt a less "combative approach" to resolving tax disputes with businesses.
It seems that there is a "logjam" of legal cases relating to the "contentious" issue of avoidance, which are very expensive in terms of both time and money.
Even Dave Hartnett, permanent secretary for tax at HMRC, has expressed concerns that maybe HMRC have been a tad "heavy handed":
"HMRC is packed full of very intelligent people, but we are sometimes too black-and-white about the law."
He went on to comment on HMRC's litigation strategy, which was introduced in 2007:
"I think we got it a bit wrong in the way we explained it to our people. They thought it was a great sword of justice."
"Sword of Justice!?"
Dear oh dear, the thought of unelected civil servants viewing themselves as some form of super heroes, on a mission to "save the world from evil", is rather alarming.
Kudos to Hartnett for recognising, and admitting to, this problem.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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