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Government statement on online services

Good to hear that the Government want to bring together their online services, including submitting tax returns, in "a single domain based on agile shared web services".

However, as the Institute's Tax Policy Director, John Whiting, has pointed out, this ambition to bring services together makes the current process of fragmenting tax information over three websites - HMRC, Business Link, and DirectGov - seem even less wise.

And the Institute's Low Incomes Tax Reform Group is driving home the message that there must always be alternatives to getting information and filing returns online for those unable to access the internet.

You can read more of our response to this government statement in the press releases section of our website.

1 comment

Rating: 3/5Other changes planned
I also note that the proposals include other provisons which will change the landscape for new businesses:
•New online capability to register, deregister and change VAT details.
•Mandation of VAT registration online from August 2012;
•Mandatory notification online to HMRC when starting up a new business or registering for PAYE from 2013; and
•Companies House changes - they are also joining the mandation club – with incorporations, accounts and annual returns due online by 2013.
It will be crucial for HMRC and Companies House to consult with the relevant experts.
Tina Riches from Cambridge, 23 November 2010 18:08

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