The chairman of the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s technical committee issued a stirring call for more investment at HMRC to develop a better understanding of both its “customers” and tax law. John Stokdyk reports.
Delivering the annual Hardman lecture to an audience at Chartered Accountants Hall that included HMRC CEO Lin Homer and two of her board colleagues, technical committee chair Paul Aplin presented a small practitioner’s summary of where the department has been going wrong during the past eight years.
Aplin spoke with some authority. As well as being the first tax adviser to submit a tax return online - which he illustrated with a picture from 1997 - he also served as an external member of HMRC’s Carter project board. His insights gave added weight to his criticisms, which...
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