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Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Destined To Fail
Despite all the public pronouncements by HMRC that improvements are on schedule, and that targets etc will be met, it appears that one particular target will not be met.
Errrmm, yes actually...Universal Credit, the flagship of the government's plans to simplify the benefits system.
George Osborne has been warned that it will not be ready in time for its official launch deadline of 2013.
HMRC have fessed up privately to ministers that the deadline will be missed.
This should hardly come as a surprise. In April 2011 I wrote the following:
"David Gauke, the Exchequer secretary, has given an answer to a written parliamentary question that confirms that HMRC will proceed with the Real Time Information scheme for tax payment.
" I expect HMRC to be in a position to pilot the Real Time Information system with employers, pension providers and payroll bureaux from the spring of 2012."
Real world experience shows that just because a politician gives a fantasy deadline, the actuality is far removed from fantasy.
Regarding Gauke's fantasy project, tax professionals are not convinced that the deadline is realistic or that HMRC are actually up to the job of implementing this system ."
Pity that Gauke didn't listen!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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