Most people will now have heard the relevant bits of the budget given in Parliament today by the Chancellor, and lots of labour reaction to it. On balance I feel it was a very good budget given the circumstances. The rise in VAT will be unpopular but at least this brings us more into line with the rest of Europe. It has been 19.6% in France for some years and they are coping with it – so will we.
I need to make you aware of the new HMRC investigation regime that came into being in April 2010. This is partly due to the old Labour government’s need for cash – but there is no sign yet that the new Coalition will change anything.
HM Revenue and Customs have been charged by the government with two main aims. One, to cut costs and Two, to extract much more money from us tax payers. So as staff are cut, how can they achieve their other aim of increasing revenue?