MPs to question HMRC officials on office closures

The Commons public accounts committee will quiz HMRCs officials later this month on the tax authority’s plans to close most of its offices and move to regional centres, after the National Audit Office reported that HMRC’s original plans proved unrealistic and “carried too high a risk of disruption to its business.”

HMRC is reconsidering the scope and timing of the move, the NAO said. It should now “step back” and consider whether its strategy “still best supports its wider business transformation and will deliver the sustainable cost savings it [has] set out to achieve in the long run,” said Amyas Morse, head of the NAO. Read more:

My news stories for Tax Analysts, 11 January (paywall):
UK government remains committed to HMRC office closure strategy

National Audit Office report, 10 January
Managing the HMRC Estate

Public accounts committee inquiry and call for evidence, 10 January
The HMRC Estate inquiry

Commons debate on urgent question, 10 January (see below)
HMRC Estate