A committee of MPs has launched yet another Parliamentary inquiry into HMRC internal workings.
The Treasury Sub-Committee this week announced it would be looking into HMRC’s administration and effectiveness, the latest in a series of public grillings the department has had to undergo since the huge backlog of unreconcilied PAYE records came to light during the summer.
The wider issue of staffing levels and morale within the department came to light at recent hearings with both the Treasury Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.
The terms of reference include the following points:
- HMRC’s performance as an organisation and whether it is delivering its key aims
- What the implications are of HMRC’s spending review settlement
- Whether HMRC is able to deliver the government’s aims on tax compliance
- Whether PAYE reform is necessary; and
- What HMRC’s priorities should be for the future.
HMRC chief executive Dame Lesley Strathie is expected to be among those called to give evidence.