HMRC staff are to star in a new TV documentary series to be screened on Channel 4 which aims to show how the tax authorities are seeking to tackle tax evaders and bring in more revenues report Harris & Co accountants Northampton. Of course it will focus on the more exotic and glamorous aspects of HMRC"s work rather than the day to day running (which unfortunatley we have to deal with every day, and it is hard to think of a more archacic, bureaucratic organisation).
The three hour-long programmes are being made by Tiger Aspect Productions, with the production team saying it has been given ‘unique and unprecedented access’ to HMRC for 12 months in order to make the observational documentary series, which has the working title of Meet the taxman.
Channel 4 head of documentaries, Nick Mirsky, said:
‘Money from taxation funds everything we value most about society, yet the team who collect it have often been viewed with mistrust and suspicion.’
‘What is exciting about this commission is that it offers unique access to a group of public servants on whom we are more dependent than ever to help make the nation"s books balance. It is a series that is important, fresh and timely - and will take us right into the heart of the battle to make everyone pay their fair share.’
The film makers say the documentary will follow inspectors and investigators on the frontline as they set out to catch tax evaders and collect unpaid tax.
The series will see tax inspectors targeting the so-called ‘high risk’ sectors, from plumbers and scrap merchants to dentists and doctors, offshore bank accounts and high net worth individuals, as well as coverage of HMRC’s criminal investigation units.
Viewers will also be shown how HMRC helps the public and businesses who do the right thing and pay their taxes.
Series Producer Lawrence Walford from Tiger Aspect Productions said:
‘We all have a mental picture of the taxman as someone who takes away our hard earned cash. But during the last year, I"ve realised there is much more to this job than meets the eye. There are some fascinating stories and unexpected characters which will make for a compelling documentary series.’
Channel 4 has yet to announce when the HMRC programmes will be broadcast.