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Fallon fear on records in tax office merger

Treasury select committee member Michael Fallon is concerned about keeping records confidential when Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue merge.

Fallon, deputy committee chairman and chairman of the sub-committee investigating the merger, has voiced his concerns about keeping the confidentiality of tax records.

The report into the mer-ger says a single tax collection agency should save money on admin and benefit the taxpayer.

But Fallon is backing plans to block Treasury officials and special advisers gaining access to tax records and wants the principle to be specifically set out in the Government’s bill.

The sub-committee has recommended a detailed analysis of expected costs and benefits.

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