Government to review HMRC

Government to review HMRC

Sir David Varney, former HMRC boss, to lead review of tax authority's links with business

The government is to review the way HM Revenue & Customs deals with
leading businesses.

The
chancellor Gordon Brown announced the review in an article for the Financial
Times this morning.

The move will be seen as an attempt to head off criticisms that
HM Revenue & Customs has
adopted entirely the old Customs & Excise approach, and become aggressive
and hostile.

It is to be led by Sir David Varney, the former HMRC chairman.
Sir
David stepped down from the role recently amidst suggestions that the merger he
pushed through had led to confused accountabilities and an increasingly
aggressive approach
.

Further reading:

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Credits chief tops list of HMRC hopefuls

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Tax Hack on David Varney

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tax’

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