The government has ordered HM Revenue and Customs to close their advice desk at Nuneaton next week. It operated from the Nuneaton Town Hall Contact Centre.
This means there will be no access to speak in person if you have a problem with any tax issue.
There is concern that the Coventry advice may also be closing.
Mike O’Brien said,
“The main users of the advice centre tend to be local small business people who often need to get some basic advice before filing a tax return. This is yet another attack by the government on small businesses. People will need to employ accountants to provide the help the government gave for free. Its privatising things yet again. And it imposes a stealth tax on small businesses.
“Low Income families could also get their tax credit issues sorted out. It leaves families on tax credits trying to deal with things by telephone calls or letters. With tax issues its better to see someone face to face. This government cares little for anyone frightened by an unexpected tax bill or who doesn't know the right questions to ask about the tax system. A party of old Etonians who can well afford to purchase their own advice - unlike the man or woman on the street who may have no means to pay extra for the privilege.
“The Chancellor raised taxes like VAT but reduced the ability of people to ask questions about the impact on. Yet again we see cuts to a local service imposed by an increasingly out of touch Government.”