HMRC has been feeling the heat recently wrt negative publicity over their handling of a number of issues (eg tax deals with Vodafone, Goldman Sachs and losing the Harry Redknapp trial.
Therefore HMRC has decided to sharpen up its act and, in a joint venture with Manchester Metropolitan University, send some of its staff to university (or rather training centres across the UK) to study for a degree.
The part time course for a degree in tax is expected to yield £2M to £3M in extra tax revenues per graduate over four years.
How on earth do they come up with that figure?
Anyhoo, the staff studying for the degree (expected to total around 400-500) will not have to pay for it (unlike other university students).
Students will also be able to study tax courses up to the equivalent of A-level or a Higher National Certificate, accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians.
Dave Hartnett, HMRC Permanent Secretary for Tax, said:
“We know we have great people doing great work that deserves to be recognised. We want to be seen as a leader in tax, both in the UK and internationally, and the launch of the Tax Academy is a really important step towards that goal.”Does anyone know how the figures of £2M-£3M have been derived/calculated, or what grades of staff will be allowed to study for the degree?
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