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Thursday, 3 November 2011
My thanks to a loyal reader, who recently dropped me an email concerning the fact that HMRC do not provide free software for submitting a partnership short return online.
However, given that HMRC are skint, and that I suspect that the "costs" of processing paper returns etc don't show up in the same "boxes" as the costs of providing free software, I doubt that they will ever provide the software for free.
Here is the text of the email, which I have been given permission to reproduce:
"I object to having to pay a third party in order to make a Partnership, short, return.
HMRC provides a simple interactive form for personal S/A (which is arguably a more complex matter than partnership) but cannot do the same for partnership.
Why must I pay to purchase software every year (since it is not reusable) to allow me to make a contribution from my hard-earned revenue?
Furthermore, the source I chose (the cheapest) gave me 97 pages to fill in. The paper form has 8.
I have complained formally but have received a brush off. 'There are relatively few partnerships in the land and it is not worthwhile for HMRC to provide their own software'.
There are many software houses offering this service however!
Why does not HMRC purchase one of these and make it available free of charge?
A Partnership return on paper is possible if submitted by 31/10 and that is now what I do.
But this must be more expensive for HMRC.
I accept the necessity for paying tax but I don't want to pay to pay it."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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