HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Who, Why or What is DEC?

My thanks to a loyal reader who has advised me that there may be issues wrt DEC.

Who, why, or what is DEC?

DEC is a centralised IT system used by HMRC's Counter Avoidance Division. In theory it is meant to bring together all demographic, legal, tax and historic information on tax avoiders.

I am advised that the DEC system has now cost £40 million. Unfortunately it does not work terribly well, if at all.

I understand that much of the key documentation around avoidance cases sent to Counter Avoidance, from local HMRC offices from inspectors told to drop and transfer cases to Counter Avoidance, has disappeared (been lost).

The value of these lost cases in terms of tax revenue is, so I understand, £2BN.

I would be interested to hear more details about DEC, please feel free to email me on an anonymous basis.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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