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HMRC, accountants express disappointment over staff strikes

Both accountants and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs have expressed disappointment over the recent staff strikes, with industry experts saying that people shouldn’t be taking days off without learning how to properly do their jobs in the first place.

55,000 staff have decided to strike in protest over jobs cuts that will see as many as 10,000 positions eliminated starting in 2014 and extending into 2015. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union made the decision to protest after having to endure limited resources in order to conduct business, claiming that the treasury is already owed millions of pounds in taxes on an annual basis and that staffing cuts will drive these figures even higher with fewer people working to hunt down tax evaders.

Accountancy experts have spoken out on the issue, stating that it was true that the reduction in staff would indeed exacerbate problems, but had harsh words for those deciding to strike. The current situation with HMRC is already bad enough, experts add, as the level of service being provided by an understaffed government department leaves much to be desired, but with a massive number of government workers going on strike, the situation will deteriorate even further.

The big loser here – as usual – is the public, which will be impacted quite harshly by HMRC grinding to a halt. Yes, tax evaders may have cause to celebrate with the lessened scrutiny, but for honest Brits who do their civic duty and continue to pay the taxes they owe to the government, a shutdown of any government department – much less one that is tasked with handling the country’s finances – is absolutely disastrous, experts say.

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