True Colours

All those who felt that the Agent Strategy was not about regulating the tax advisory profession by the back door, should read the article by Tina Riches in the February issue of Tax Adviser. Reporting on a confernece held by the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne's Professional Affairs Committee, the article says "Brian Redford from HMRC spoke about the Tax Agent Strategy. Having said that HMRC do not intend to regulate the tax industry, he did say that he wanted to control the professional bodies."

So what's the difference?

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ShirleyM's picture

I'm getting really cynical in my old age

ShirleyM | | Permalink

... but isn't this the procedure for all governments, and public servants?

They save money by legislating for someone else to do the work for them, for free, but it must be done to the high standards they could never achieve themselves. It seems the days of HMRC taking responsibility for anything is long past.

johnjenkins's picture

Anybody who didn't

johnjenkins | | Permalink

think that, CF, wants their head tested.

It's not rocket science to understand that HMRC want to destroy any hold Accounatnts have over saving tax payers paying the most amount of tax possible. They can't do it by legislation, unless they make tax avoidance illegal (which they will do if all else fails) so it's back door stuff. The really mind blowing thing is that HMRC actually think they will get away with it. 

vested interest

david5541 | | Permalink

[quote=johnjenkins]

think that, CF, wants their head tested.

It's not rocket science to understand that HMRC want to destroy any hold Accounatnts have over saving tax payers paying the most amount of tax possible. They can't do it by legislation, unless they make tax avoidance illegal (which they will do if all else fails) so it's back door stuff. The really mind blowing thing is that HMRC actually think they will get away with it.

ever since the introduction of SA and the recent increased penalty regime which all inspectors are taking unfair advantage of by throwing their weight around with sa tax payers and now with CT600 online filing all those idle hands are being redeployed onto corp tax enquiries.

The online filing scam is yet another attempt to penalise the less computer literate and any professional reputations/opinions held in the market.

The agent strategy project is another glorified IT/ONLINE filing project like those past.

 

fortunately a few of the recent penalty rules are being challenged such as the business records checks rules!.

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