Can a government committed to closing all but 14 of the UK’s tax offices be serious about tackling tax abuse?

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One of the regular commentators on this blog who does, I believe, work for HMRC made this comment last night:

And then there is the really big issue [on offshore tax] that does not seem to have taken centre stage, although it yet might?

Cameron's government is committed to closing all but 14 of the UK's 300+ tax offices. How can anybody believe he is committed to oppose tax avoidance and evasion in the light of that?

There are doubts as to whether HMRC has the resources to properly follow up the info in the Panama papers now, after all the cuts it has taken. It certainly won't have the resources after most of the offices have been closed.

I am not sure that there is much to add to that.

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