Tuesday 4 December 2018 / 3:42 PM Economy / Peter Dowd

Peter Dowd comment on House of Lords Economic Committee report into HMRC powers

Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee into HMRC powers, said:

“It’s clear that this Government’s obsession with targets, while at the same time refusing to properly resource and staff HMRC offices, has had a detrimental impact on taxpayers.

“Rather than going after the advisers and promoters of disguised remuneration schemes, the Government has instead pressured HMRC to target workers who themselves have been exploited by these schemes.

“The findings of this report highlight the Conservative’s disastrous mismanaging of HMRC, which is now threatening basic taxpayer safeguards. Labour is committed to building a tax system with justice and fairness at the heart of it. We will fully staff and resource HMRC, reversing eight years of Tory austerity and neglect.”