Can’t ex-communicate ExCom’s only tax expert

DAVE HARTNETT FACED an eye-watering session in front of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

In fairness he stuck to his guns, despite taking a verbal pounding from chairman Margaret Hodge and fellow committee member Richard Bacon in particular. But neither Hartnett or HMRC came out of the meeting covered in glory.

A point covered by the Age’s tax hack Jaimie Kaffash is the lack of tax experience at the top of HMRC’s executive committee.

There’s Dave, and er, that’s about it.

Does that mean that the saying ‘too big to fail’, which has been attached to both the banks and the Big Four firms in recent years, also applies to Mr H as well?

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