In December last year I wrote the following about DEC:
"Who, why, or what is DEC?Moving forward to the present time, I am advised by a loyal reader that due to cost and lack of functionality Jennie Granger ordered (or rather was told to order) this project cease and DEC scrapped before a tax record was ever loaded onto it.
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."
Seemingly the final cost was over £43 million.
Granger left HMRC as I noted in April (voluntarily or pushed?).
Seemingly, so I am advised, David Richardson, her replacement, has also been told to go by next April.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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