Weekly tax brief 5 January 2017

In this edition of RSM’s weekly round-up of the most important tax news, we cover the latest developments.

HMRC modernisation programme: big is beautiful, or is it?

05 January 2017

The first of HMRC’s 13 new large regional contact centres is due to open in 2016-17, part of a major reorganisation of services. But will this modernisation programme help HMRC become a tax authority ‘fit for the future’ and will bigger necessarily mean better?

HMRC's customer service – how did we get here?

05 January 2017

The MBE awarded to HMRC’s head of customer services in the New Year Honours List has understandably attracted some interesting press coverage, very little of it favourable.

Protecting the innocent (taxpayer)

05 January 2017

Wealthier taxpayers are the subject of increasing scrutiny by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the belief that more tax can be collected by looking more carefully at their affairs.

Will 2017 be the year the world got serious about bank account secrecy?

05 January 2017

The OECD recently announced that there are 1300 relationships in place for the automatic exchange of account information between countries. Of these, 1133 are live and ready to exchange information in 2017.