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Demo calls for tax boss’s head

Issue No. 2275

Around 100 protesters from UK Uncut and the Occupy London camp descended on the head office of Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on Monday of this week.

They demanded the resignation of HMRC boss Dave Hartnett. Last week Hartnett was called to appear in front of parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

He was brought in to explain himself over a secret deal to save Goldman Sachs bankers £7 million in interest payments on unpaid tax.

Previously Hartnett had agreed to let Vodafone off up to £6 billion in tax.

Given his status as Britain’s most powerful tax collector, it is perhaps no surprise that Hartnett is also Whitehall’s most “wined and dined” civil servant.

A survey of 172 senior civil servants last year found that Hartnett had enjoyed 107 lunches over three years with corporations, accountancy firms and banks—including Goldman Sachs.


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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 17:45 BST
Issue No. 2275
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