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HMRC accused of double standards

HMRC has been accused of double standards as its 83,000 staff run up expenses without any need to submit receipts

UHY Hacker Young have
used the Freedom of Information Act to discover details of
HM Revenue & Customs
expenses regime, which shows its 83,000 staff can run up expenses for items such
as meals, hotel accommodation and travel without submitting receipts.

HMRC staff are allowed to claim £100 for an overnight stay in London and £20
for an evening meal while working out of their office without handing in
receipts, The Daily Telegraph reports.

‘Accountants who frequently face challenges over expenses for as little as
£10 will find it ironic that HMRC runs such a liberal “no questions asked”
system for its own employees,’ Clive Gawthorpe, a UHY Hacker Young partner,
said.

HMRC denied any double standards, saying staff had to keep receipts for all
claimed expenditure over £10. Staff only stayed in hotels when there was an
unavoidable business need and the cheapest option was always taken.

Further reading:

Accountants to spot check MPs expense claims

Read
story in The Daily Telegraph

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