Speculation has mounted over the link-up following the committee's visit to Canada, which has successfully merged two similar departments.Supporters of the idea saya merger would particularly help small businesses by reducing the administration of corporation tax, income tax and VAT.Taking evidence from Customs officials, committee chairman Sir Michael Spicer asked if it was now feasible for senior Customs and Revenue managerial functions to be merged.Martin Brown, Customs' director of VAT policy, said the on-going charity taxation review was an example of a how Customs and the Revenue worked together for a common goal.The committee also quizzed Customs on other aspects of its work including VAT compliance measures, e-commerce, smuggling, and the current STEPS programme which will see Customs estates integrated with the Revenue.
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