In December I asked the following two questions:
"Why did Dave Hartnett, Permanent Secretary for Tax, fly business class to Mumbai at the beginning of December with Melissa Tatton (HMRC's Deputy Director of Business International) to participate in a third rate talking shop for Indian accountants and tax officials?
The four nights they spent in rooms on the executive floor of the five-star ITC Maratha Hotel in Mumbai would doubtless have been bearable, but was their trip really necessary?"
The Mail has come up with a few answers:
It seem that the trip cost us (the taxpayers) £8,400, and that for this outlay Hartnett and Tatton delivered a 35 minute speech.
Have they never heard of video conferencing?
I am quite amused that HMRC, inadvertently, belittle Tatton by noting she is not senior enough to publish her expenses (why did she go with Hartnett then if she is not senior enough?):
"The expenses of senior civil servants such as Mr Hartnett are published routinely every three months. Melissa Tatton is not senior enough for us to have to publish those, so we cannot comment on individuals' expenses."
It seems that when this was subject to media scrutiny in December, HMRC told the media that the cost of the dynamic duo's trip was under £6,000.
Not very good with numbers are they?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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