HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Digital Delay

Last week HMRC cancelled a digital stakeholder event, schedule for the 14th of July, that many believed would have announced the release date of the project’s consultation documents.

CEO Jon Thompson and executive chair Edward Troup were expected to attend the stakeholder conference. However, due the the "turbulent political landscape", they postponed it.

As per AccountancyAge HMRC issued the following notice on 12th July:
Following the early change of prime minister announced yesterday, HMRC’s executive leadership will need to be available to ministers at all times during the remainder of the week.

Unfortunately, this means that we will have to postpone the HMRC Stakeholder Conference on Thursday 14 July. We’re sorry for the short notice and inconvenience, and we will be in touch with a new date as soon as we can.

The political landscape has rapidly changed this week. We currently intend to publish the MTD consultation documents in the summer but understandably it won’t be this week.”
A convenient excuse for delaying publishing Making Tax Digital documents. This inevitably shortens the amount of time that people will have to scrutinise and comment on the documents.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. This is surely just an excuse from a department which is quite expert in pulling stunts to organise things in their favour. HMRC hate being accountable or scrutinised, and don't really listen to others.

  2. HMRC being a non-ministerial department is obviously a good thing for the country, designed to ensure each citizen's tax affairs are dealt with in confidence and without involvement of politics. However the troubling thing is that senior management then become undemocratic and act as though they are above the elected officials and the rule of law, leading to very frightening and unaccountable conduct of which everyone should be deeply concerned.