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So, farewell then…


Margaret Hodge’s legacy as chair of the Public Accounts Committee


  • The end of an era as Margaret Hodge declines to stand as chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
  • HMRC’s decision-making process and prosecutions policy was rightly questioned.
  • The lack of costing and evaluation of tax reliefs was highlighted.
  • Witnesses were subject to some hostile questioning.
  • Does the committee need professional support to ask probing and relevant questions?

The news that Margaret Hodge does not intend to stand as chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) cannot pass without comment in this magazine. After all Hodge has the rare distinction of being the recipient of two awards from Taxation.

The previous editor Mike Truman named her tax prat of the year in a memorable article and she was named tax personality of the year at 2014’s...

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