Hartnett on the offensive

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Dave Hartnett, HM Revenue & Customs' acting Chairman has told the Public Accounts Committee that: has told the

When I meet the chairman of a public company it is to look him straight in the eye to explain why and how we are conducting an investigation. That is why I told the chairman of a public company not many weeks ago that we are putting 150 tax inspectors into his company.

According to Accountancy Age Hartnett confirmed that the investigation was one of only 'half a dozen' that he had become personally involved in during the past two years. Since Hartnett has the reputation as the toughest investigator the Revenue has ever had others will be very relieved.

In view of data that I have researched that will be published tomorrow I can say I am delighted at this approach. It bis timely, appropriate and probably over-due.