Dave Hartnett, permanent secretary for tax
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MPs attack HMRC's 'cosy' deals with big business

A committee of MPs has criticised "cosy" deals between HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and big businesses.

The MPs singled out Dave Hartnett, permanent secretary for tax, for failing to handle tax negotiations with some big companies properly.

The Public Accounts Committee said large firms got favourable treatment and there was a lack of public accountability over how deals are done.

HMRC rejected the findings and said the MPs had misunderstood the facts.

Hugh Pym reports.

  • 20 Dec 2011
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