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Gray praised but Revenue lambasted

20 November 2007
Categories: News , Admin
HMRC chairman 'did the honourable thing' say commentators as they back security inquiry

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Reactions to Paul Gray's resignation as chairman of HMRC came from all sides with both praise for the former prime ministerial private secretary for economic affairs and criticism of the Revenue as a whole.

The recent loss of information relating to seven million families' claiming child benefit — referred to by the Chancellor as 'an extremely serious failure' — was the cause of Mr Gray's stepping-down after little more than one year in his role.

Baker Tilly's head of tax George Bull pointed out that this was 'the second publicised loss of confidential taxpayer data in as many months. The first related to the theft of a laptop from the car of an HMRC official'.

He went on to criticise 'the worrying aspect of this is the apparent laxity with which...

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