The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has welcomed the announcement of a series of measures put in place to strengthen public trust in HMRC’s exercise of statutory powers.
- A new professional standards committee, advised by independent experts, to advise HMRC on their use of statutory powers;
- A post-implementation evaluation of the HMRC powers and safeguards introduced since 2012;
- A comprehensive review of the findings identified in the 2019 Adjudicator’s report;
- HMRC to publish more data and information about the exercise of their powers, including their debt management, registrations and repayment services;
- HMRC to report on the effectiveness of the work of their extra support service;
- HMRC to review taxpayers’ experiences during compliance enquiries.
CIOT President Glyn Fullelove, commented, “This is a welcome set of announcements from the Financial Secretary, that shows the government are listening to parliamentarians, the tax profession and others. We are optimistic it will lead to stronger safeguards against misuse of HMRC powers and strengthen public trust in the tax authority.