HMRC’s Hypocrisy Is Enough To P*ss Everyone Off

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Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs ought to be a beacon of responsible spending – low and behold they are not.

It turns out HMRC actually rents its offices from a company registered in an offshore tax haven, reports the i100.

600 offices in total to be precise.

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As highlighted in these Tweets, HMRC is paying its rent to a company called Mapeley Steps Limited which is registered in Bermuda as part of a private finance initiative (PFI).

PFIs were first launched by the Conservative government -shock horror- in the early 90s, and see private firms fund the construction of buildings, infrastructure or IT systems, before then leasing them back to public bodies.

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These deals have been highly criticised and it is estimated will cost taxpayers £209bn over the next 35 years – excellent.

An HMRC spokesman told the i100:

We follow Civil Service guidelines when establishing contracts which assure value for money and that suppliers are compliant with their UK tax obligations.

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We don’t comment on identifiable taxpayers but we apply the law as firmly to those supplying us with services as to any other business.

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Elsewhere, The Guardian has reported David Cameron actively blocked the European Union from investigating the owners of offshore trusts back in 2013.

There is even a letter penned Mr Cameron available online highlighting his opposition to the proposed EU crackdown.

The plot thickens.


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