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HMRC invite feedback on disclosure of data

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HMRC have published details of the types of data they hold, and a summary of their approach to transparency, with a view to meeting commitments made in an updated Business Plan.

The Transparency Implementation Plan sets out how HMRC intend to treat the data in line with a ‘drive to greater transparency’. There is a commitment to publish data ‘by default wherever possible’.

HMRC note, however, that disclosing data that can identify an individual customer is a criminal offence, and releasing some data relating to the ‘tax gap’ would ‘make our job harder and facilitate the efforts of criminals’.

HMRC have invited feedback on the Transparency Implementation Plan without specifiying a time limit. The updated Business Plan for 2011-15 was published on the Number 10 website.