TaxCorporate TaxHartnett to clarify confidentiality rules

Hartnett to clarify confidentiality rules

Permanent secretary for tax promises to inform Public Accounts Committee on HMRC's position

DAVE HARTNETT has told MPs he will clarify the legal position governing taxpayer confidentiality by Wednesday, according to reports.

The permanent secretary for tax at HM Revenue & Customs appeared before the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee last week to answer allegations that he shook hands on a “sweetheart deal” that let off Goldman Sachs from up to £8m in National Insurance revenues. While he admitted a mistake had been made, he refused to divulge the nature of the mistakes saying “taxpayer confidentiality” prevented him from doing so.

The MPs called on Hartnett to give details of the mistake, claiming that the public interest trumped confidentiality on the matter. They also asked him to explain his interpretation of the confidentiality rules.

Stephen Barclay, a member of the PAC, told the Daily Telegraph that Hartnett has misused confidentiality rules to “cover up his own mistakes”.

The Telegraph has said that Hartnett expects to clarify the rules by Wednesday.

Related Articles

Watch out when winding up

Corporate Tax Watch out when winding up

2m Emma Rawson, ATT Technical Officer
HMRC large business tax enquiry duration rises to 3 years

Corporate Tax HMRC large business tax enquiry duration rises to 3 years

4m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
‘Google tax’ nets HMRC £281m

Corporate Tax ‘Google tax’ nets HMRC £281m

8m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
OTS report: Corporation tax should follow accounts

Corporate Tax OTS report: Corporation tax should follow accounts

10m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
HMRC tax evasion assistance requests double in five years

Corporate Tax HMRC tax evasion assistance requests double in five years

11m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Markets expected to respond positively to US policy changes

Corporate Tax Markets expected to respond positively to US policy changes

1y Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Spring Budget 2017: Making Tax Digital

Business Regulation Spring Budget 2017: Making Tax Digital

1y Shereen Ali, Deputy Editor
Tax fraud loses HMRC £16bn

Corporate Tax Tax fraud loses HMRC £16bn

1y Emma Smith, Managing Editor