Unsurprisingly many people are still vexed (to put it mildly) about the proposals to allow HMRC to take money from recalcitrant debtors' bank accounts (aka “Direct Recovery of Debt” - DRD).
The simple fact of the matter is that no one trusts HMRC not to screw this up, nor not to be tempted to abuse these powers.
Latest in the long line of organisations to criticise this proposal is the ICAEW Tax Faculty, which stated that the safeguards are far from adequate and that HMRC “should go back a step and consult properly ”.
Powers such as these require independent judicial oversight, the ICAEW are quoted in economia:
“this contravenes the constitutional principle of separation of powers”.ICAEW believes tax recovery powers must be “fair, proportionate and accompanied by robust safeguards”.
Given HMRC's preponderance to make errors, and to target those who are the easiest to target, it is hardly surprising that no one trusts them with these powers.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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