HMRC's plans for revamping PAYE, aka "The Centralised Deduction Plan", which in theory would give HMRC real time information from companies about income and deductions as a platform for centralising the calculation and deduction of tax, NIC and student loan repayments, have come in for some criticism.
Aside from the deep routed scepticism about HMRC actually being able to create an IT system that could do this, tax professionals also note that the plan would move the responsibility for undertaking the calculation away from employers and place it fully with HMRC.
Accountancy Age quote David Ingall, partner at JWPCreers and member of the UK200 Group, who is more than a tad cynical about this:
"As a firm operating a payroll bureau for clients, the thought of HMRC offering the level of service required is an impossibility.
That sort of service is not associated with a government department. Additionally, the numbers of staff required to undertake this service will be enormous."
As I noted on Monday, this may be an aspiration that is a "tad overoptimistic".
Tax does have to be taxing.
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