Plans to close scores of HMRC tax offices unrealistic, says spending watchdog

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Source: theguardian.com 10th January 2017

HMRC’s costs for replacing 170 offices with 13 regional centres have risen by £594m in 14 months, scathing NAO report finds.

The National Audit Office said HM Revenue and Customs officials were now re-evaluating a scheme to shut 170 offices and open 13 regional centres instead. The government estimated that the plans would save tens of millions of pounds.

The NAO report concluded that HMRC’s costs for the original plans have risen by £594m in 14 months, more than half of which is the expense of running new buildings.

Auditors said the original plans would mean an increase in job losses without any understanding of the effect upon the collection of taxes.

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