A union leader representing senior staff at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has
dismissed claims that the department could manage with half as many staff.
Last week, former trade minister Digby Jones told MPs that Whitehall could be
run with half as many civil servants.
But ARC President, Terry Cook, said more not fewer tax inspectors were needed
in order to deal effectively with a growth in tax avoidance and evasion cases.
‘Digby Jones thinks that the civil service could manage with half as many
people,’ he said.
‘…HMRC is beleaguered by powerful tax consultancies dedicated to
undermining tax in any way they can. And following the credit crunch businesses
are looking to reduce their overheads as much as possible. Tax is one of those
costs, so we can expect to see even more pressure on my members.’
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