A spokesman for the Treasury said the report from permanent secretary to the Treasury Gus O?Donnell would ‘be coming out soon’, but was unable to give any further details.
‘It’s a review of Customs and the Revenue,’ the spokesman added. ‘It’s looking at the service they give to taxpayers, and the service and the advice they give to ministers, and how that can be improved.’
He confirmed that O’Donnell was looking into the possibility of a merger of the two departments. ‘I don’t think there are any options being ruled in or ruled out,’ he said.
Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of tax at ACCA, said he would be ‘very surprised’ if the review did not recommend a merger, but if it went ahead, it would have to be done properly.
Roy-Chowdhury added that, as long as the merger was not just in name only with the departments continuing as separate entities, the prospective savings to taxpayers would be a good thing.
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