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HMRC rebel staff threaten to reveal 'corruption and ineptitude'

by Michelle McGagh on Dec 05, 2011 at 07:56

HMRC rebel staff threaten to reveal 'corruption and ineptitude'

Rebel staff at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have set up an insider network which plans to expose the corruption and ineptitude of the department.

According to the Daily Mail, the group – called Dissent – has 324 members across all UK tax offices who say they are ‘tired of the corruption, ineptitude and mismanagement from within the department in recent years’.

The group was set up after Dave Hartnett, the UK’s top tax official, was alleged to have struck a deal with Goldman Sachs to waive a £10 million tax bill.

The group said: ‘We wish to speak out against the bad practice and double standards that operate in HMRC. We wish for a fair tax system that does not reward the wealthy elite and big business.

‘We have amassed a comprehensive database of personal information on staff members, including expenses, benefits [and] conflicts of interest.’

A report published today by accountant UHY Hacker Young, said morale within HMRC was at a low and only 17% of staff have confidence in the decisions made by senior management.

Only 18% felt motivated to help HMRC achieve its objectives and just 37% felt poor performance was dealt with effectively.

6 comments so far. Why not have your say?


Dec 05, 2011 at 08:18

Ineptitude within HMRC is well known, (but they are amateurs on this when compared to the FSA). However, "corruption" worries me. More details please!!

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Banged to Rights

Dec 05, 2011 at 09:24

This could be interesting if they have something concrete to say.

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Banged to Rights

Dec 05, 2011 at 09:26

Takling of corruption and ineptitude RBS report is due soon bet it is a complete whitewash.

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Julian Stevens

Dec 05, 2011 at 09:57

When it comes to corruption and ineptitude, the FSA and its part in cobbling together the woefully deficient and decidedly suspicious compensation deal for ArchCru investors also springs to mind. Hopefully, the interest in the matter now being shown by the department of the PM will unearth a few uncomfortable truths and call to acount those responsible.

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Dec 05, 2011 at 11:19

I thought this article was about HMRC?

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Bob Donaldson

Dec 06, 2011 at 17:19

Having had numerous widows suddenly receiving tax bills when nothing has changed for them in the last 10 - 15 years I can certainly confirm that the HMRC are inept. What gets me is no one every says sorry or puts their hand in their pocket. We make a mistake and we are jumped all over.

Bring it on, let the papers have the details and maybe those that are guilty will be jailed like the MPs who fiddled while Rome burned.

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