The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a meeting on Monday 16 November 2020 with HMRC officials Jim Harra (Chief Executive), Angela MacDonald (Deputy Chief Executive) and Justin Holliday (Chief Finance Officer). The meeting was PAC’s annual look at HMRC’s Standard Report and the department’s annual report and accounts.

In a guest blog, Low Incomes Tax Reform Group volunteer and author Robin Williamson MBE explains why judicial review is too often out of reach for ordinary taxpayers, and proposes a role for the First-tier Tribunal in making it more accessible.

The Treasury Select Committee met remotely today (Wednesday 8 April) to take evidence from HMRC on the economic impact of coronavirus. The witnesses were Jim Harra, First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of HMRC, and Cerys McDonald, Director of HMRC’s COVID-19 policy co-ordination. Mel Stride, Conservative, is chair of the committee.


MPs on the Treasury Committee have questioned HMRC bosses about the organisations’ culture, pay and conditions, as well as customer service levels, its approach to debt collection and the implementation of the 2019 loan charge. Inevitably the department’s Brexit preparations also loomed large at the hearing.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee question HMRC chiefs about the tax gap, Making Tax Digital, the role of tax agents, the loan charge and – of course – Brexit.

A House of Commons Committee has said that HMRC must do more to support vulnerable taxpayers involved in tax disputes, after taking oral and written evidence from CIOT and LITRG and others.

The former head of the UK tax authority was one of the speakers at the latest CIOT/IFS Debate, on the topic of the powers of HMRC and the responsibility of citizens in today's world.

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a session this week (5) to look at HMRC’s progress on Brexit The session touched on HMRC progress against NAO’s update memorandum on UK border and UK preparedness for Brexit, and also on employment taxes.

I was so sorry to miss the CIOT/IFS debate on the powers of HMRC and the responsibility of citizens in today's world, due to a vote in Parliament. It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that Parliamentary business and timing is a bit difficult to predict at the moment!

Kelly Sizer, of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, has had to pull out of tonight's (25/2/19) CIOT/IFS Tax Debate on HMRC Powers. However, she has set out her thoughts on the topic below.