HMRC’s digital plans
During this Parliament, HMRC will make fundamental changes to the way the tax system works with a stated aim of transforming tax administration so it is more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers.
The plan is that by 2020, HMRC will have moved to a fully digital tax system where:
- bureaucratic form-filling is eradicated - taxpayers should never have to tell HMRC information it already knows;
- unnecessary time delays are eliminated - the tax system operates much more closely to ‘real time’, keeping everyone up to date and removing the risk of missed deadlines, unnecessary penalties, debts arising and errors in the system being carried forward from one year to the next; and
- taxpayers have access to digital accounts - with the information HMRC needs being automatically uploaded, bringing an end to tax returns for many people.
I await the further details and consultations with interest. I do have some concerns; about accuracy and correction of errors, for instance.
Date: 13th January, 2016
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