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Open tax data, or just VAT ‘open wash’

Open Knowledge Foundation - Chris Taggart - A little over a week ago, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published a consultation on publishing its data more widely, and in it stated its intention to join the open-data movement.

The UK helped secure the G8’s Open Data Charter, which presumes that the data held by Governments will be publicly available unless there is good reason to withhold it. It is important that HMRC plays a full part. HMRC’s relationship with businesses and individuals is unique, and this is reflected in the scope and depth of the information HMRC collects, creates and protects on behalf of taxpayers.

Great. Well, no.