PAC, or rather a member of PAC, managed to get under Lin Homer's skin during yesterday's PAC meeting about tobacco smuggling.
Homer denied that Dave Hartnett's new firm (Deloitte) had played any significant role in major tax deals struck with private companies.
Margaret Hodge said there was a suggestion that Deloitte had been the "preferred facilitator" when deals were struck.
Homer (as per The Herald) said:
"Not to my knowledge and I don't see any evidence to suggest that they were playing either a preferred or significant role in our large disputes."The Conservative MP Richard Bacon tweaked Homer's nose by saying:
"What's really of interest is those occasions when you were buying advice from a firm such as Deloitte and the same firm was also selling its advice to a large taxpayer such as, to take one example, Vodafone.To which Homer swiftly rebutted:
If you were turning out to be the marriage broker who introduced the adviser to the company..."
"That is an assertion that I do not accept, Mr Bacon."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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