"Hickey warned that the tax gap - in essence the difference between what ought to be paid by taxpayers given a certain level of economic activity versus what is collected - will widen unless there is greater trust between tax collector and taxpayer."
"In order to bridge the gap HMRC, taxpayers and HMRC must change behaviours."
- Injecting a dose of good old fashioned ethics and shoving it into the KPMG (and other Big Four) tax training programmes - preferably on day one, two, three through to the end? If they can find an ethics reference work.
- HMRC putting an end to its strutting around with sledgehammers to crack nuts? (seen the results of recent IR35 reviews?)
- HMRC advising Brown on policies that aren't constantly tainted with the 'stealth tax' moniker?
- Framing legislation that's easy to understand, logical and effective instead of the patchwork quilt that keeps tax planners busy?
- Dumping the tax red tape that's burying business and professionals alike?
- Having a sensible policy on 'file by Internet' instead of the FU approach?
- All sides being honest - just for a change - and dispensing with the culture of blame that informs so much of what HMRC is currently doing and against which so many practitioners feel powerless to fight?
- Oh yes - and how about communicating openly with everyone with an interest in this area and actually listening to the very customers government likes to talk about yet seems clueless to address?