Isn’t it time David Gauke faced facts?
Several questions I’d ask in parliament follow on. They are:
1) When will HMRC’s tax gap estimates be subject to independent economic audit to check their economic credibility?
2) When will HMRC’s claim of tax recovered be subject to independent scrutiny to ensure that they are credible for the benefit of Parliament and the public at large?
3) Will the Minister concede that a review of HMRC as now demanded by a number of leading figures in the tax profession and cicil society is now overdue and when will he agree to undertake it with a panel of independent experts including from unions and civil society being included in the task?
4) Isn’t it time that we had an Office for Tax Responsibility, reporting to the Public Accounts Committee, to ensure that independent review of HMRC is undertaken on behalf of parliament so that this most critical department of government is held to account by this House in the way that would be appropriate?