A Labour government would consider making HMRC more accountable to parliament and review whether the department has enough resources after heavy job cuts, a member of the shadow cabinet has said.
In an interview in the June edition of TAXtv, Owen Smith a former member of the shadow Treasury team, who in May was appointed shadow secretary of state for Wales, said that concerns about the performance of HMRC and its “integral” importance to the UK, meant that it was worth considering whether there should be greater “oversight” of the government department.
Government plans to cut 10,000 more jobs at HMRC go much further than the previous Labour government, Smith told TAXtv presenter Giles Mooney.
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