No future for Hart-Davis as HMRC ad man
The face of the 'Tax doesn't have to be taxing' campaign will not be used in future adverts
The front man of the ‘Tax doesn’t have to be taxing’ advertising campaign,
Adam Hart-Davis, will not be used in future HM Revenue & Customs adverts
after criticising the taxman in a radio interview.
‘We will not be using Mr Hart-Davis in any self-assessment advertising
campaigns in the future,’ HMRC said.
The department is believed to be furious with Hart-Davis, who said in a BBC
radio interview that he wished tax was simpler and described VAT as ‘absurdly
He also said the merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise in
2005 was a mistake, saying the two departments were too large to ‘slam
Hart-Davis, a BBC presenter and historian, has fronted campaigns encouraging
taxpayers to file their tax returns on time since 2002.