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Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Gauke Speaks Unto His Minions
Following yesterday's spat between HMRC and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), over whether HMRC was systemically failing etc, the Treasury Secretary (David Gauke) has written to HMRC staff.
My thanks to a loyal reader who posted the text in full on this site.
Gauke (who is not a financial expert, but a lawyer) wants closure on this, and expresses the view that it is a "shame" that a"couple of cases" have "eclipsed" the work that HMRC is doing.
As I have stated before, this mess has been caused primarily by the politicians.
However, it is notable that unlike other major government departments (eg NHS) there is no minister responsible for HMRC (who should be made to stand in front of the dispatch box and be summarily abused each week for HMRC's failings).
I wonder why that is then?
"Excellent article Ken.
For your amusement here is David Gauke's message (Bollocks) to staff.
Exchequer Secretary writes to staff
following Public Accounts Committee
criticism of HMRC
20 December 2011
I know that the publicity about the Public Accounts Committee report into HMRC's large business tax settlements will have concerned many of you, and I want to assure you of my continuing support for HMRC and for all of you working with such commitment and professionalism to secure the tax revenues for the country. I have full confidence in HMRC and its current leadership.
While I agree with the Public Accounts Committee that the public needs confidence in the way that HMRC carries out its functions, I am disappointed that the committee has failed to acknowledge the valuable contribution that HMRC’s current approach to large business makes to the Exchequer and to reducing the national deficit. It is a shame that the controversy over a couple of cases has eclipsed the great work happening generally with large businesses, which together account for around 60 per cent of UK tax receipts.
In my view, HMRC is taking positive steps to strengthen its governance, including with the recent appointment of two new Commissioners with tax and financial expertise.
Last year, the Department brought in record revenues of £468 billion for the UK, including £13.9 billion that would otherwise have been lost to tax avoidance, evasion and fraud. More than half of this was secured directly from large business. HMRC could not have achieved this success without the hard work of all its people.
It is clear that HMRC’s strategy for large business is working. Revenues collected from large businesses continue to grow, while HMRC’s approach provides greater certainty for business. HMRC's strategy is now being adopted by other tax administrations around the world.
I hope that during the coming weeks there will be some clarity and closure on the recent issues, so that we can all start to focus on the great work I know the Department will deliver in 2012."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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