A service for VIPs is to be held at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the taxman’s work in collecting revenue. The chief executive of HMRC Lin Homer has invited guests to an event at the Abbey on September 23.
The guestlist will consist of staff, civil servants and partners joining together to celebrate the taxpayers work. The announcement of the event comes as Ms.Homer has been the subject of criticism regarding the substantial payment the Government has been required to make to a US defence firm. A spokesperson for HMRC told the media that it was not paying to hire Westminster Abbey and that the service was intended to boost staff morale.
The plan for the event has ruffled the feathers of the Taxpayers Alliance, who told the media that HMRC got 5.5 million tax bills wrong last year and that ‘the last thing they need is a day out at the Abbey’. Last year, HMRC brought in more than £500 billion in tax revenue for the first time.
Ms Homer took up her position with HMRC following her departure from the top job at the UK Border Agency in 2011. However, her role at the UKBA has been called into question as taxpayers have been dealt a £500 million bill for an unsuccessful IT project which was intended to help protect our borders.