Yesterday I wrote about the exodus of senior tax officials from HMRC, leaving the organisation short of senior people with experience and tax knowledge.
Quite rightly a loyal reader pointed out that the exodus is not just occurring in the rarefied upper echelons of HMRC, but also in other ranks as well:
"Rats and ship are the two words which spring to mind.It is clear that "form over substance" is the mantra being applied in HMRC, where knowledge and experience of tax is subordinated to management claptrap dogma and box ticking.
There are more and more leaving, everyone is fed up with pacesetter, stats which are nothing short of a figure fudging exercise, promotion for anyone who can talk bollocks at 'shiteboard meetings' and managers who can't answer a tax query.
I got my 8th new manager in a year today.
Another pacesetter practitioner!
There are not too many of us around who have a taxes background, the place is a shambles.
But we all know why, the government are making it so crap so they can sell it off bit by bit cheaply to their mates."
I am not yet convinced that the government plan is to privatise HMRC, I think that would be politically impossible. However, I am of the view that a catastrophic failure of RTI et al will give the government the impetus/excuse to untangle HMRC and probably reverse the merger that caused many of the problems in the first place.
I may of course be proven wrong by events.
As ever I welcome views, opinions and comments.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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