Taxation is a one of the key areas of enquiry for the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (PAC), as the Committee has a role in scrutinising value for money, the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending and holds the government and its civil servants to account for public services.
As HM Revenue & Customs' (HMRC) mission is to collect the money that pays for the UK's public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support and it aims to administer the tax system in an efficient way, the Committee has an important role in ensuring that HMRC is doing its utmost to achieve this effectively and to the benefit of all taxpayers.
The Committee of Public Accounts has therefore routinely scrutinised HM Revenue and Customs' ability to collect taxes fairly and efficiently; exposed concerns about the tax planning industry; and contributed to the debate on the way in which multinational organisations arrange their tax affairs.
Global Tax Transparency Summit
In December 2016, the Committee of Public Accounts is hosting the first Global Tax Transparency Summit in London, in response to calls to bring together Parliaments from across the world to promote tax transparency and prevent tax avoidance.
Below are the Committee's reports on taxation since 2012.
|Nineteenth Report: HM Revenue & Customs: Annual Report and Accounts 2011–12
|Twenty-ninth Report: Tax avoidance, tackling marketed avoidance schemes
|Forty-fourth Report: Tax avoidance, the role of large accountancy firms
|Seventh Report: Charity Commission: the Cup Trust and tax avoidance
|Ninth Report: Tax avoidance – Google
|Thirty-fourth Report: HMRC Tax Collection: Annual Report and Accounts 2012–13
|Third Report: Tax reliefs
|Eighteenth Report: HMRC's progress in improving tax compliance and preventing tax avoidance
|Thirty-eighth Report: Tax avoidance: the role of large accountancy firms (follow-up)
|Forty-ninth Report: The effective management of tax reliefs
|Fiftieth Report: Improving tax collection