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MPs criticise HMRC over debt recovery plans

 The Treasury Committee have accused HMRC directors of being complacent, smug and that they are proposing powers that go against the principle of the Magna Carta.

 
Representing HMRC were Lin Homer, chief executive and Ruth Owen, director general of tax.
 
Labour MP George Mudie said Homer was being "complacent and smug" about HMRC not answering one in five calls to its call centres. Homer denied that HMRC was complacent about not answering calls and said it was improving its phone service.
 
Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
“MPs also raised concerns about HMRC's proposal to allow it to take money owed to HMRC direct from their bank accounts. Liberal Democrat MP John Thurso said that it went against the principle of the Magna Carta, a document in 1215, which aimed to protect citizens' rights from the king.”
 
 Lin Homer replied that there are: “around 17,000 people who don’t dispute the the fact that tax is due, they just don’t pay and we will have written to them and engage with them and they just fold their arms and wait for us to to take other action."
 
Tax authorities in other countries including the US and France have similar powers for collecting debts from bank accounts to those proposed by HMRC, she said.
 
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