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Friday, 31 July 2015

The Apprentice

HMRC has launched its first digital apprenticeship programme as part of the government-led Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeship scheme.

HMRC is offering 15 four-year apprenticeships to students interested in training as software developers and studying at the same time as earning a wage.

There apprenticeships are at HMRC’s Newcastle upon Tyne-based Digital Delivery Centre, where the candidates will be paid £23,367 in addition to studying for a degree.

Partnering with Northumbria University, apprentices will study for a BSc (Hons) digital and technology solution degree, funded by HMRC. Apprentices will receive day release to lectures, a study leave allowance and access to senior leaders from the HMRC team to act as mentors.

Computer Weekly quoites Peter Schofield, director of IT development, test and operations at HMRC:
The Newcastle Digital Delivery Centre was set up last year. There is a scrum team and agile teams there, and the apprenticeship aims to find new talented staff. 

HMRC has one of the largest IT estates in the UK and we have plans to further digitalise the business. Apprentices will learn how to make digital services for the public simpler, clearer and faster for them to keep up to date with their taxes and changes in circumstances.

We are looking forward to how it goes and to finding other ways to drive the Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeship programme further.”
The chosen 15 will learn how to build web and mobile products, implement application programming interfaces for internal and external use, and build automated test suites to support a continuous deployment environment.

Schofield wants "girls" to apply:
The HMRC IT team has 45% females and we strongly encourage girls to apply for this apprenticeship.

We have a clear message of the benefits that the HMRC can offer, what we do digitally and how we can change things, so it is proving not too difficult to interest female candidates with our clear problem solving message.” 
Applications are open to all those aged 16 and over, and will close 7 August 2015.

Candidates wishing to apply should submit a copy of their achieved – or predicted – academic qualifications and CV, along with a 750-word personal statement outlining:
• What has attracted you to the role?
• Why do you want to work for HMRC?
• What are your aspirations in relation to the role and your future career?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

HMRC's Brave New Digital Future


In the event that anyone really cares anymore, given that nothing is ever done to improve things at HMRC, HMRC's recent accounts included data showing that HMRC handled 72.5% of the 65m customer calls it received last year.

This is a significant drop in performance from 79% in 2013-15.

Post handling was not exactly stellar either, 70% of the 15m postal items received were processed within 15 working days - down from 83% in 2013-14.

Homer is quoted by AccountingWeb:
Our customer service levels slipped this year, but the work we are already doing on digitising our services, using real-time information, and creating online tax accounts for individuals and businesses will help us improve customer service as well as improve voluntary compliance.

Our plans to invest in our people’s skills, data and technology, and new powers announced by the Chancellor will further help us to meet the revenue and efficiency challenges in the Summer Budget.”
Digitisation will solve everything, won't it????

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

HMRC's Box Ticking Unlawful

It seems that the requirement by HMRC for people to tick the terms and conditions box of the government gateway, before submitting tax returns, is unlawful.

As per an appeal against a fine levied by HMRC, as summarised by BAILII:

Neil Garrod, the appellant, is a barrister in practice.  He is required to submit VAT returns.  He failed to submit an electronic VAT return by the due date for the VAT quarter 06/12, but did submit it by paper.  This led to correspondence with HMRC but he continued to refuse to make online returns making paper returns instead.  Ultimately HMRC imposed a penalty of £100 on him 16 July 2013 for failure to make an online return in the period 03/13.

Mr Garrod requested a review of the penalty; one was carried out but upheld the issue of the penalty. This appeal is against that review decision dated 6 January 2014.

Mr Garrod is prepared to use the internet to submit his returns online; what he would not do was to submit his return online because he was unable to do so without signing up to the ‘Government Gateway’ which required him (electronically) to tick a box stating that he had read HMRC’s terms and conditions for online filing.

He objected to any terms and conditions being imposed.  He also objected to the quantity of them:  he said they would be burdensome to read.

The appeal was allowed.

For why?

HMRC "seeking to impose the tick the box pre-condition was in these circumstances unlawful.  As the failure to tick the box was the cause of Mr Garrod’s failure to file online, it seems to me that under Winder, Boddington etc, the penalty was not lawfully imposed and must be discharged".

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

HMRC Moves To Direct Debit


HMRC has announced that it will move to mandatory direct debit for agreed time to pay arrangements as from 3 August.

Seemingly, only in exceptional circumstances will taxpayers be allowed to pay by any other method.

As per economia, agreed time to pay arrangements are set up under HMRC’s discretionary powers to allow payment of a debt by instalments after the due date, where the taxpayer is genuinely unable to pay by the due date but can commit to agreed payments to sort their tax position out.

HMRC's move to direct debit by default because it is more cost effective and more secure than other payment methods, and ensures that payments are more accurately allocated.

It removes the chance that the taxpayer forgets to make payments.

It also reduces the need for subsequent taxpayer contact, saving time for both parties.

Let us trust that nothing goes wrong with this!


Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

HMRC Trawls The Net


As I have noted several times before on this site, HMRC are keen to identify people who are trading (goods and services) on the internet but not declaring their profits.

As such it should come as no surprise to learn that HMRC intend to up their game wrt collecting data on who is trading but not declaring that they are trading. HMRC are of the view that the hidden economy of internet trading could be worth £5.9BN in uncollected tax each year.

HMRC has launched a consultation on extending its powers to collect extra data from firms and individuals.
"Data can be particularly powerful when it is collected from third parties who facilitate trade, either between businesses, or between businesses and consumers.

This is because they can provide information in bulk about the activity of large numbers of traders, and because third party data can be used as an independent check against the data that taxpayers themselves report to HMRC."
The extended powers would affect businesses acting as intermediaries or providing electronic payment services.
"It is important that the data - gathering powers are proportionate. This means that the administrative burden placed on the intermediary business when preparing and providing the data must be commensurate with the benefit from using the information obtained. HMRC expect that in the scenarios described in this consultation document the administrative burden will be relatively small. HMRC would provide guidance and give support to ease the process."
In theory whatever happens in the future, wrt new payment methods will be covered by the legislation:
"HMRC propose s that the legislation is “future - proofed” so similar data can be requested from new business models as they emerge."
Theoretically HMRC will not target individuals who sell personal possessions, only businesses that fail to pay tax owed.

Those who were tax compliant "should see little or no impact".

The consultation runs until 14 October.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Yields Disappoint


It seems that HMRC has thus far only collected around £13.9M from secret bank accounts in the Crown Dependencies.

The Treasury expectations had been much higher, £320M by now, with a long term expectation of around £1BN.

The FT reports that just over 400 people have so far come forward to own up to previously undeclared accounts in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. They used a ‘disclosure facility’ that offered reduced penalties to former tax evaders.

Fiona Fernie of Pinsent Masons said that taxpayers with large amounts of unpaid tax were likely to be making use of another tax amnesty, known as the Liechtenstein disclosure facility (LDF), which offered better terms and immunity from prosecution. 

The LDF had raised just under £1.1bn from 5819 disclosures by the end of March.

Ms Fernie said another possible explanation of the low yield was that the scale of tax evasion across the Crown Dependencies was not as extensive as many assumed.

There is likely to be some non-compliance, but more often than not it will be technical in nature — or based on simple mistakes rather than non-legitimate structures.”
Maybe not quite so many people aren't quite as dishonest as HMRC and the Treasury had hoped for?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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