The increased legal powers are expected to include giving officers access to check working family tax credit records and the collection of student loans by employers. The move follows the merger of the Revenue and the collections agency last year to coincide with the launch of WFTC, the governments' soon to be seen brain child.The range of employers records checked by Revenue officers for compliance expanded in April to include National Insurance contributions and National Minimum Wage.The review has been designed to ensure that both officers and employers are clear about the extent and limits of legal powers to inspect records and that a fair balance is struck between the needs of business and the need to ensure that employers are complying with the law.In a bid to ensure all parties are happy, the Revenue intends to hold early discussions with employers' representatives and other interested parties on the scope of the review and will be inviting comments on their detailed proposals before the end of the year.PricewaterhouseCoopers tax partner John Whiting, said: 'The review of powers is a good thing but the Revenue needs to appreciate employers are having a larger and larger burden placed on them. Most employers will try to get the new system right but they have to concentrate on earning a living firstly, and so the Revenue should approach the situation with a light touch and not be obsessed with potential fiddlers.'However KPMG partner Ian Stewart said he believed there is less of a burden on employers now than when the IR was doing PAYE and NI.'This move is logical and the best we could hope for. It was inevitable as the Revenue was sensibly given responsibility for reviewing National Insurance.'Those companies who are not doing any wrong should have no worries over extended Inland Revenue officer powers.'
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