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Government response to HMRC powers review

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The financial secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, has issued a written statement outlining the government’s response to the Lords economic affairs committee report, The powers of HMRC: treating taxpayers fairly, published in December 2018. The report was critical, suggesting that the balance had ‘tipped too far in favour of HMRC’.

The statement confirms that:

  • HMRC will establish a new professional standards committee to advise the HMRC Commissioners on their approach to new technologies;
  • the government considers that a full review of HMRC powers is not necessary at this time;
  • HMRC will undertake a comprehensive review of the findings identified in the 2019 adjudicator’s report and will publish the results of the review by the end of this year;
  • from August, HMRC will expand the range of performance and management information they publish in their monthly and quarterly performance publications to include debt management, registrations and repayment services; and
  • HMRC is reviewing the content, language and tone of letters, to ensure that they are clear, courteous and tailored appropriately to the needs of the taxpayer.

The government will provide a further update to the committee later this year on the actions being taken. See

Issue: 1453
Categories: News