Making Tax Digital – shades of grey

HMRC’s head of software development and collaboration, Lee Hawksworth, spoke at a Making Tax Digital (MTD) seminar in February 2017. The audience of accountants listened to his talk about the MTD programme from HMRC’s perspective and then asked questions. During his talk, Hawksworth said that MTD aims to simplify the…

Government must help with business costs for Making Tax Digital

There have been a number of responses to HMRC’s consultation about the Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme. Among these, the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) has raised concerns about the ongoing cost of MTD for smaller businesses, along with the need to keep digital data secure. Yvette Nunn, ATT’s Technical…

HMRC announce delay to digital tax plans

The HMRC’s plans to make tax digital included the milestone that, by 2020 most businesses, self-employed people and landlords will be required to keep track of their tax affairs digitally and update the HMRC at least once a quarter via their digital tax account. This was to be phased in…

Sage leak highlights safety needs

Earlier this week, an employee of business software company Sage was arrested for alleged fraud against the company following a recent data breach. The company was victim of a data breach which may have compromised the personal information of employees at around 280 businesses in the UK. Sage has notified…

National Audit Office publishes findings on HMRC

The National Audit Office has published a 59-page document (downloads as PDF) detailing the results of its report on the quality of service given to taxpayers by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The report and its summary cover HMRC’s services to personal taxpayers and consider how these services have changed…

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