Committee of Public Accounts Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report: Accuracy in Processing Income Tax

People are entitled to expect HM Revenue and Customs to process income tax correctly. For many people that is the case, and the Department is seeking to improve its performance.

However, a million taxpayers are still paying the wrong amount of tax because of HMRC’s mistakes. My advice is to always check your tax, because for those affected by processing errors, over and underpayments average around £250 to £300. And errors don’t only cause financial problems, they also result in anxiety and wasted time and effort in putting matters right.

Many of the people who are affected are vulnerable members of society and deserve better.

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Notes for Editors

Requests for further comment from Edward Leigh should be made via Luke Robinson, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 5693 or 07917 488549.