Taxpayer Protection Taskforce: Staff

Treasury written question – answered on 17th May 2022.

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Photo of Abena Oppong-Asare Abena Oppong-Asare Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the Government's £100 million investment in the Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, announced in November 2021, has been used for (a) existing and (b) new HMRC staff.

Photo of Abena Oppong-Asare Abena Oppong-Asare Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have been (a) reassigned from other teams in HMRC into the Taxpayer Protection Taskforce and (b) hired by HMRC to replace those who have been reassigned.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Covid Taxpayer Protection Taskforce is made up of 1,265 experienced compliance officers, and all its staff have been reassigned from other teams across HMRC. These staff were selected from those who have tax training and compliance experience. Once they joined the taskforce, staff were provided with additional training on the COVID-19 Schemes.

HMRC has recruited an additional 430 full-time equivalent staff, funded for five years, to backfill those colleagues who were deployed to the Covid-19 taskforce for two years.

The £100 million has been used to recruit new HMRC staff to backfill those who were reassigned into the Covid-19 taskforce.

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