Professional bodies unite to urge Chancellor to improve HMRC service levels

Wednesday, 01 March 2023
  • Professional bodies representing hundreds of thousands of professional accountants and tax advisors write open letter to Chancellor calling for greater investment in HMRC service levels
  • Letter signed by the leaders of ten professional bodies say customer service levels at HMRC are 'unacceptably low'
  • Chancellor urged to prioritise investment in HMRC at the Budget to improve public sector finances and boost productivity

The heads of ten leading UK professional bodies have signed an open letter urging the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, to prioritise investment in HMRC’s service levels in his upcoming Budget statement on 15 March 2023.

The group of professional bodies represent hundreds of thousands of accountancy and tax advisors working across the UK, from small and microbusinesses to multinational organisations.

The letter notes the Public Accounts Committee’s recent claims that GDP42 billion in taxes have not been collected at a time when HMRC customer service staff numbers have been cut by 24 per cent in the past five years. It also argues that the delays and business disruption faced by their members has become 'a regular occurrence when dealing with HMRC with some businesses waiting upwards of six months for repayment and relief claims.

The signatories of the letter commented: 'Our members are increasingly facing severe delays, business disruption and frustration when dealing with HMRC which is having significant ramifications for taxpayers, business owners and their agents. If the government wants to meet its economic objectives and boost productivity, it must invest in improving customer service and effectiveness at HMRC. We urge the Chancellor to treat this as a top priority in his upcoming Budget.'

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Notes to editors

  1. The letter was signed by:
  1. The full letter can be read here.