Taskforce tracker - source data
The AccountingWEB Taskforce tracker came into being in 2011 as HMRC announced a raft of new investigations. Just under 20 were announced last year, and 12 more are planned in 2012 we are told. There is a tendency in government circles to make grand announcements and then neglect them, so our tracker is designed to keep tabs on the progress that each of them is making. A compilation of the statistics from each campaign should give us an idea of how extensively they are being pursued, and their effectiveness. But as the NAO reported last year, HMRC’s figures are very patchy. Many of the investigations might be subject to legal proceedings, so it’s fair enough that the department cannot divulge any results until verdicts are announced. But will they tell us about not-guilty verdicts? And what about negotiated settlements?
HMRC has supplied most of the figures listed in our tracker so far, and we’ll include some of the material on this thread for those who are interested. But we want to cast our net wider and to source our own data from the AccountingWEB community. Can you tell us how many of your clients/contacts have been caught by any of HMRC’s campaigns, and what the outcomes have been? This way, we hope to assemble our own investigations database to compare against HMRC’s.
If you have information on specific campaigns, please add the information to the individual headings in this discussion group, or start your own new thread.