Will new UK tax institute boss stop the cosy deals?
"Thomas will say his goal is to "turn the tide" of the relationship and return to "that healthy tension between HMRC and the tax profession that existed 10 to 20 years ago: no special relationships, no cosy conferences, no favours, deals and understandings; no inside tracks and private access".It will be interesting to see what this statement will turn out to mean, in light of a culture that has been revealed by the likes of Private Eye magazine, which as dug up large amounts of dirt on sweetheart deals between HMRC and big business. The latest cosy Goldman Sachs tax avoidance deal arranged over a handshake with Dave Hartnett, HMRC's boss, is a case in point - thankfully, this one has led to some political action, it seems.
Perhaps these are words that will be worth quoting back to Thomas in years to come. Let's see.