HMRC announcements

Are HMRC setting up as tax advisors?

The following caught my attention today:

Growing businesses to benefit from expert tax support

A new service to directly help mid-sized businesses as they expand and grow, has been launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

There are around 170,000 mid-sized businesses registered in the UK. Businesses with either a turnover of more than £10 million or more than 20 employees, and undergoing significant growth, can now seek expert help from HMRC growth support specialists.

Known as the Growth Support Service, HMRC tax experts will offer dedicated support, tailored to the customer’s needs. It has been created to help growing, mid-sized businesses access the information and services they need.

This could include:

  • helping with tax queries about their growing business
  • supplying accurate information and co-ordinating technical expertise from across HMRC
  • supporting them to get their tax right first time and access relevant incentives or reliefs

Am I the only practitioner a little uneasy that HMRC are now originating and advising on the application of tax legislation?

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