The Treasury has announced that the new integrated revenue department, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), will be launched on 18 April along with the new independent prosecutions office, the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office.
The Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill received Royal Assent on 7 April. The Act will be available shortly on the HMSO website. It provides the legal basis for the new, integrated revenue department.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer's first "annual remit" to the chairman of HM Revenue and Customs has been published.
The remit outlines the department's main new and ongoing tasks. HMRC chairman David Varney will be accountable through paymaster general Dawn Primarolo to Parliament for delivery of the remit.
Brown's letter to Varney records that the aim of Revenue a...