Anthony Thomas, President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), is none too impressed with the flood of consultation documents that spew forth from the HMRC bunker.
Speaking recently at the president's reception at the Tate Modern, he was quoted by Accountancy Age as saying that it was:
"enormously frustrating... spending hours poring over consultation documents on what seems to be thousands of documents flooding out of HM Revenue & Customs... especially when on occasions the consultation is a complete waste of time."
For why are these consultations a waste of time?
Because the decisions had already been made by HMRC.
Mr Thomas called for a sensible approach in the future whereby there would be a meeting in advance with policy advisers, to enable HMRC and professional bodies understand the issues.
He then went on to debunk the nonsense that there is a "special relationship" between HMRC and the professional bodies, calling it a "myth" (akin to that "relationship" between the UK and US governments).
This view may ruffle a few feathers over at the ICAEW, where Michael Izza (the CEO) claims that "we (the ICAEW) now have a partnership with HMRC".
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