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Power between HMRC and tax-payers is unbalanced, says ICAEW

Tuesday 4th December 2018, Commenting on the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report issued today on The Powers of HMRC: Treating Taxpayers Fairly, Frank Haskew, Head of ICAEW Tax Faculty, said:

“The House of Lords has highlighted a number of concerns about the current balance between HMRC’s powers and taxpayer rights. Since the comprehensive review of HMRC’s powers concluded in 2012, we have slowly seen a shift in the balance being in favour of more powers for HMRC which are not always matched by corresponding taxpayer safeguards, for example the power to appeal against an accelerated payment notice. The report makes a number of recommendations which include a proposed new review of powers to consider the cumulative effect of recent changes and to identify what is needed as tax administration goes digital. ICAEW, which gave evidence to the committee, would be happy to support and contribute to such a review.”

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